Indiana Pacers 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Indiana Pacers 2016 Preview
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The Indiana Pacers are starting a new era under head coach Nate McMillan and hope he’s the guy to get this franchise back to competing with the top team in the East. Remember, it wasn't that long ago when the Pacers were making the Eastern Conference Finals on a regular basis.
Can the Pacers be that sleeper team this season?
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Here is your 2016 Indiana Pacers NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Pacers lost three reliable players in George Hill, Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill. George is a consistent double-digit scorer who shoots 37.6 percent from three for his career. Mahinmi is coming off the best season of his career in which he averaged 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds. In his one season with the Pacers, Jordan Hill averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. That’s three guys who contributed on a nightly basis for Indiana last season.
Key Player Additions: The two big names the Pacers added are point guard Jeff Teague and power forward Thaddeus Young. Teague is one of the better point guards in the league who can give you 15 points and six assists on average most nights. Meanwhile, Young has spent his whole career averaging double-digit points and six rebounds on bad teams. It'll be interesting to see what he does on a playoff caliber team. Other pickups include Aaron Brooks, who has been a consistent spark off the bench and veteran center Al Jefferson. While banged up and 31 years old, Jefferson showed in last years playoffs that he can still produce when his number is called.
Draft: It may be tough for Georges Niang to find playing time with the Pacers being so heavy on forward. However, Niang was a 37.5 percent shooter from deep and 49 percent shooter from the field for his career at Iowa State. Niang simply knows to put the ball in the hoop and is as competitive as a player you’ll find. He’s also quite mature for 23 years old and would fit well in an NBA locker room.
Outlook: Young, Teague, Paul George, Myles Turner and Monta Ellis gives the Paces one of the best starting lineups in the East if not the entire NBA. I just question the coaching change, as Frank Vogel has been extremely consistent and proven himself as one of the top coaches in the league. If McMillan doesn’t screw things up, the Pacers could make some noise this year and be a top-four team in the East. There’s a lot to like with Indiana this season if the new guys mesh well.