Aug 24, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT
This 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.
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.
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