Hey athletes, by popular demand, I will do the Indiana Pacers. They haven’t been the most active of teams, but they have had their share of moves. Let’s get this started.
Record- 42-24 PPG 97.7 (13th) RPG 43.9 (4th) APG 18.6 (29th) PA 94.4 (10th)
Lost in Eastern Conference Semi Finals 4-2 to the Heat.
The Pacers will match the offer by the Portland Trail Blazers, to Center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert was offered a 4 year, 58 million dollar deal by the Blazers, and the Pacers unexpectedly matched it. So Hibbert will return to the Pacers. The big man averaged 12.8 PPG and 8.8 RPG and then averaged 11.7 PPG and 11.2 RPG. I won’t say the Pacers would’ve missed him, but his rebounding ability would have been missed. Also along with his defensive rebounding, Hibbert is an excellent blocker.
Pacers and PG George Hill have agreed to a 5 year deal. Hill was their starting point guard last year. He averaged 13.5 PPG 2.3 RPG and 2.9 APG. Now while Hill isn’t the best passer in the league assist wise, he can get the Pacers a solid 14, 3, 4 on a good day. He only averaged about 31 minutes per game because of rising PG Darren Collison. Collison got around 18 minutes per game. He averaged 8.7 PPG, and 3.0 APG. In less time. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see Collison get some more of the playing time this year.
Larry Bird will not come back as President of Basketball operations nor will GM David Morway. They resigned June 26 (Morway) and June 27 (Bird) respectfully. Also not coming back will be Center Jeff Foster. He retired at the age of 35, as he never really lived up to his 21st pick overall potential. He never averaged more than 7 PPG in any of his NBA seasons. As one Forward/Center retires another forward signs, The Pacers will sign their draft pick Miles Plumlee. Plumlee, the 26th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, is viewed as a Jeff Foster-type player who can provide some utility as a defensive rebounder.