This offseason featured a lot of moving parts for the Indiana Pacers, who are trying to keep their standing as a playoff contending team in the eastern conference. They will have to do that without the help of all-star Victor Oladipo, who will at least miss the first part of year so that he can continue recovering from the gruesome lower leg injury that he suffered last year. Additionally, they will hope to replace the production of Bojan Bogdanovic, who broke out and had the best year of his career last season for the Pacers but ultimately signed with the Jazz during free agency. Despite these obstacles, Indiana came out of the summer with some quality pieces that should blend well with the existing talent already in place.
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The splashiest move that the Pacers made was agreeing to terms with Malcolm Brogdon, with the goal being that he can manage the lead guard duties with Oladipo sidelined and then will serve as his backcourt partner when he returns. Brogdon played an instrumental role last year for the Milwaukee Bucks, as he was at times arguably their second player as they made it all the way to the eastern conference finals. That being said, there are concerns about him being able stay healthy as he has a lengthy injury history, but with proper management, Brogdon should be given every opportunity to thrive with his new team.
Another key to the Pacers maintaining their recent run of success will be how well young big men Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis play together. Head Coach Nate McMillan has veered clear of putting them on the court on the same time, but reports have said that they will be featured in the starting lineup together going forward. If they can figure things out, Turner and Sabonis would be one of the more dominant front courts in the NBA as they both have the inside and outside game where they can attack defenses in multiple ways. The question will be how they will handle opponents that like to play small-ball, but if they can prove to at least be competent perimeter defenders then they should definitely be able to take advantage.
Indiana made some additional acquisitions this summer to further strengthen the roster’s overall depth. Brining in shooting guard Jeremy Lamb over from Charlotte will provide the Pacers with a spark plug off the bench as he is coming off of the best scoring season of his career averaging 15.3 points per game. TJ McConnell will likely serve as the backup point guard, and he has shown during his time in Philadelphia that he can run an NBA offense. Trading for TJ Warren will be viewed as an effort to replace Bogdanovic’s production on the wing, and while his opportunity had been limited in Phoenix Warren has shown promise that he can be a versatile wing scorer.