Indiana Pacers: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Indiana Pacers 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 13, 2016
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Paul George and the Indiana Pacers come into the 2016-17 season with a point to prove that they can compete in the now highly-competitive Central division, and are looking to improve on a 45-37 2015-16 season that saw the Pacers get bounced by the Raptors in the first round.
Here is your 2016 Indiana Pacers Preview.
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Key Additions: The main changes from last year’s roster, include the addition of point guard Jeff Teague form Atlanta to fill the void left by George Hill who was shipped to Utah as part of the same trade. Indiana also acquired forward Thaddeus Young, who was brought over from Brooklyn in exchange for Indiana’s 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Michigan point guard Caris LeVert. The move for a ripe, proven commodity like Young just goes to show that the Pacers are in win-now mode. Young averaged 15 points and 9 rebound per game last season for the Nets, which should only improve alongside the likes of Paul George. The Pacers also signed big man Al Jefferson, who alongside second-round pick Iowa State’s Georges Niang, should provide some size and scoring ability off of the bench.
Forgot about Nate: The Pacers also announced that they would not be renewing the contract of head coach Frank Vogel for the 2016-17 season, promoting assistant coach Nate McMillan to the head coaching position. This type of scenario is nothing new to McMillan however, as he coached the then Seattle Supersonics from 2000-2005 and the Portland Trail Blazers for 2005-2012. To many, McMillan represents a welcome change of culture in the Pacers organization, which should lead the Pacers to rally around McMillan and want to put on a good showing for their new head coach.
Outlook: The Pacers have all the pieces to compete, it will just be interesting to see how this team fares against the conference’s elite teams such as the division-rival Cavaliers and playoff foe, the Toronto Raptors. Nothing is stopping this Pacers squad from going far except themselves and with Nate McMillan at the helm, there’s plenty of potential to be seen.
Projected record: 53-29