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NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

Dec 15, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

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2010-11 record: 37-45

Head Coach: Frank Vogel

Key Departures: Josh McRoberts, T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy Jr.

Key Additions: David West, George Hill

Best case scenario: The Pacers build on their spirited 1st round performance against the Bulls, seamlessly integrate David West and George Hill into their frontcourt and backcourt, they run a lot of pick-and-pop with those two and ride the momentum Indy began to accumulate at the end of last season into at least one playoff series win.

Danny Granger reminds everyone why he was once thought of as one of the NBA’s best pure scorers and most underrated players.

More likely scenario: The Pacers do their best and win more games than they lose in the regular season, but end up not quite having enough talent or enough defensive chemistry to get past teams like the Celtics, the Heat, the Bulls, or even the Knicks or Magic in the first round, and lose a heartbreaking 1st-round series in 6 or 7 games. Then Larry Bird retires.

Prediction: 35-38 wins

  1. djanarchy757 - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Looking a little brighter for the Pacers this season but the Mayo trade would have made it a little brighter….Go Pacers!!!

  2. edmazeing1 - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I would trade T.J Ford & a second round pick to get Hill back with the Spurs, this man came with heart evertime he steped on the court!!!

    • travisatisu - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      man, TJ Ford AND a 2nd rounder?! What an offer!

      • edmazeing1 - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        Sure why not!!!

  3. dirksimmons - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Dude George Hill is the real deal. The Pacers are looking better and better this year. And David West is a beast if he can stay healthy. I think these moves potentially move them up to the 5th seed, behind Chicago, Miami, Boston, and New York.

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