NBA Preview 2012 – 2013 Indiana Pacers
Posted by Jeff Lingard
The Indiana Pacers had to make some tough choices this offseason and decided to keep their starting five together by matching Portland’s maximum contract offer sheet for Roy Hibbert and by keeping George Hill to a 5 year $40 million contract. They traded Darren Collison to give more time to Hill and to acquire Ian Mahinmi for some depth in the frontcourt. D.J. Augustin was signed to be the new backup point guard. The Pacers met their goal of keeping their starting five without paying the luxury tax. Their challenge is now beefing up their roster so they become a legitimate title contender.
The Pacers have one of the best starting five’s in the league but do not have a true star player. Paul George has the potential to be an all-star but needs to make a leap so that the Pacers do not become the new Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers also need Granger and Hill to pick up their games and David West to be his usual solid self.
The Pacers can be a darkhorse finals contender in the East as they did push Miami to six games. Miami did not have Chris Bosh which might have lengthened that series. Miles Plumlee was not an inspired choice in the first round as he was not a productive college player and will not be able to help right away. I think the Pacers can expect the same finish this year as last year.
2011-12 Record: 42-24, 3rd in East
Key additions: D.J. Augustin, Gerald Green, Ian Mahinmi, Miles Plumlee
Key Losses: Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones, Louis Amundson, A.J. Price
Payroll: $50.5 million –29th in the NBA