Sleeper in The East

Indiana Pacers

It seems as if it’s a recurring theme each and every year. We all seem to overlook just how impressive and tough the Indiana Pacers are each season. After the Victor Oladipo injury last year, which will keep him out to start the year off for the Pacers, this team is getting overlooked in a number of ways. 
 

Now I will be the first to say I hear everyone loud and clear that Oladipo being injured is a serious buzzkill to the balance of this team. BUT what if I told you that this team could surprise the league and be a contender in the East? Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look.

 

ALL HAIL PRESIDENT BROGDON

Malcolm Brogdon

  • I love this move by Indiana and will argue with anyone that it could end up being the "how did that really happen" move of the offseason. This is exactly the type of point guard that this Pacers Front Office has desperately been looking for over the last several years. Brogdon will have this Pacers team running at a high level. Look for Head Coach Nate Mcmillan to work well with his new floor general, and Pacers fans will be a fan of Brogdon in a hurry. 

THE BIG MAN DUO

  • The combination of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis is going to be an exciting storyline to watch this year. Not often in today's NBA game, do you see two bigs sharing the floor like Sabonis and Turner. It's expected that the Pacers will play both of them together in the starting lineup in a bit of an "oldschool" lineup with two big bruisers down low. Both of them should flourish playing with a high IQ guard like Malcolm Brogdon as well. 

TJ WARREN: THE OFFSEASON STEAL

  • Pacers fans this one is going to be exciting. TJ Warren is a bucket. All he does is go in and score at a high volume. Now I'm not saying Warren is going to be an All-Star...but this was definitely a great move by Indiana with a high amount of value. If you look at the numbers below, it was great of Kevin Pritchard and the Pacers FO to get some additional offensive firepower in the lineup to make up for the "recovery" of Victor Oladipo. 

RETURN OF DIPO

  • I have high hopes that the Pacers can outperform their expected position in the Eastern Conference before Oladipo returns from his rehabilitation from last year's injury. If Oladipo comes back and gets the rust off, this team could explode down the stretch and become a bit of a "hot" team as the playoffs turn around. Oladipo should thrive playing alongside Malcolm Brogdon, and it wouldn't surprise me if the two turn into one of the more underrated backcourts in the NBA. 

OVERALL 

  • The Pacers are one of the teams that have gained my full curiosity heading into this NBA season. I believe they have a lot more punch in their offense than previous years, and they have a lot of players who should enjoy a "bounce-back" season. Look for key additions such as Malcolm Brogdon and TJ Warren to hit the ground running with their new organization. I'll be interested to see how the bench depth holds up as well. Is it time for the Pacers to finally take the training wheels off of Aaron Holiday? It's going to be an exciting season in Indiana. 
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Malcolm Brogdon Victor Oladipo (*Injured) T.J. Warren Domantas Sabonis Myles Turner
Aaron Holiday Jeremy Lamb Justin Holiday T.J. Leaf Goga Bitadze
T.J McConnell Edmond Sumner Doug McDermott Alize Johnson  
  Naz Mitrou-Long Brian Bowen Jakkar Sampson  
         

 

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