The Pacers considered themselves on the winning end of the Paul George trade that sent Victor Oladipo and Domanatas Sabonis from Oklahoma City. This favorable collection of younger talents brought the development clip that was intended to be a few years out. Oladipo emerged as the team's greatest advocate for player influence and found the cup at a high rate. Sabonis filled in off the bench, marking the leading forward in the second unit. He also was placed within the starting lineup when Thaddeus Young was out with injury. Free agent deals brought Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott to the roster. Evans has a game that rivals Oladipo, each operating at a quick pace and high level. Evans is a few years older than Oladipo, but his production in the second unit is much needed. McDermott fills a void at the small forward position. The team can now feature Bojan Bogdanovic in a high usage roll, as he has earned this spot. Miles Turner will have to cut the inconsistencies or lower the ratio if he wants to be a top center in the league. This second unit is very strong and the pieces that contribute to the starting rotation are sound through and through.
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A: Turner left the team scratching their heads on too many occasions last season. Some nights he would be unstoppable down low, others he couldn't buy a shot or a board. His overall shooting percentage plummeted due to these inconsistencies outweighing the promising outbursts. He is a very talented player, but the conditioning piece has also been cited to contribute to these woes. Working within a fast-paced offense calls for some off-season tweaks to slot into where he should be at this point in his career.
A: This is an interesting question because most of the players on the bench have more years of experience under their belts. We know the team is willing to play their matchups at point guard, slotting Collinson against similar talents and Joseph to defend the top scoring point guards. Evans has had more experience than Oladipo, but a worn body limits his effectiveness at the position. McDermott and Sabonis stand the best chance to fluctuate in and out of starting roles. The team can finally center around matchups without having to worry about formidable depth.
A: This roster has been historically shown to be injury-prone. Each of the starters, minus Oladipo, spent extended time on the injury report last season. Thaddeus Young spent the most time on this report, which severely handcuffed his ability to get things started in 2018. This team relies on a quick start, so losing a player early could spell panic in finding and acquiring a replacement.