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Tyler Hansbrough has minutes just waiting for him, if his head clears

Aug 24, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

THansbrough.jpgThis is how thin the Indiana Pacers are up front: They are talking about playing Danny Granger at the four some this season.

It’s actually not a bad idea when the Pacers want to go really small and quick for a stretch, but it leaves them some rebounding issues. While the Pacers did well this summer to trade for Darren Collison, the price of Troy Murphy means the Pacers need to find a way to replace his 11 boards a game.

Tyler Hansbrough could do that. Maybe. We don’t know, and won’t know until he gets healthy.

Which could be a little bit away, according to the Indianapolis star.

Part of the problem is that the Pacers still don’t know what Tyler Hansbrough will be able to do for them because last year’s first-round pick is still limited to non-contact drills.

Hansbrough played pretty well in 29 games last season, coming off the bench for 17.6 minutes per game pitching in eight points and five rebounds. Not bad.

But he was limited by injuries, specifically a concussion and inner ear issue that kept him out most of the season. Doctors couldn’t quite figure it out, so he sat and he is not yet all the way back.

The Pacers need him to be. Their front line right now is Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Foster, Solomon Jones, Josh McRoberts, and Magnum Rolle. That’s not going to get it done. Larry Bird said he was looking for another trade, but good bigs are hard to find.

When Hansbrough will be back remains a mystery. Kind of like how the Pacers will look with that current front line is a mystery.

  1. Ian Levy - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Granger actually played almost half his minutes last season at power forward. The Pacers were also much much better with him at power forward than they were with him at small forward. Some of that his to do with playing small-ball, a strategy that may not be sustainable long term, but playing Granger at least some of the time at power forward would appear to be a good thing.
    http://www.indycornrows.com/2010/6/30/1545453/how-can-danny-grangers-positional

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