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2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Indiana Pacers

Posted by Neil Paine on October 25, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

Indiana Pacers

Coach: Jim O'Brien

2010 Summary:
Record: 32-50, Finished 4th in NBA Central Division
Pythagorean W-L: 33-49 (21st of 30)
SRS: -3.10 (21st of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 97.1 (2nd of 30)
Offensive Rating: 103.7 (26th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 106.8 (14th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Darren Collison 23 16.4 3.6 7.2 1.3 0.1 3.3 0.486 0.8 0.405 0.848
PG T.J. Ford 27 16.3 4.4 6.0 1.4 0.3 2.8 0.453 0.4 0.267 0.824
PG A.J. Price 24 17.0 4.1 4.3 1.4 0.2 2.4 0.425 2.3 0.353 0.798
SG Mike Dunleavy 30 17.0 5.5 2.8 1.0 0.4 2.0 0.424 1.8 0.341 0.831
SG Brandon Rush 25 11.8 5.0 1.6 0.8 0.9 1.4 0.431 1.7 0.405 0.666
SG Dahntay Jones 30 13.7 4.4 2.6 0.9 0.7 2.2 0.458 0.2 0.259 0.757
SG Lance Stephenson 20
SF Danny Granger 27 23.5 5.4 2.7 1.3 1.0 2.4 0.439 2.5 0.380 0.857
SF James Posey 34 9.7 6.4 2.1 1.0 0.4 1.2 0.389 1.8 0.347 0.814
SF Devean George 33 10.5 5.1 1.5 1.5 0.5 1.0 0.414 1.7 0.359 0.726
PF Josh McRoberts 23 12.8 8.6 2.9 1.2 1.2 1.5 0.501 0.5 0.315 0.610
PF Tyler Hansbrough 25 16.9 9.0 2.3 1.2 0.6 1.6 0.386 0.2 0.273 0.750
PF Magnum Rolle 24
C Roy Hibbert 24 17.1 8.3 2.7 0.6 2.3 2.4 0.496 0.1 0.412 0.740
C Jeff Foster 34 9.2 10.2 2.6 0.9 0.8 1.7 0.494 0.1 0.308 0.648
C Solomon Jones 26 11.3 7.6 1.6 0.7 1.8 1.9 0.480 0.2 0.302 0.722

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Tom Lewis, indycornrows.com

The Indiana Pacers remain a team in transition, so while some things may look a little different around Conseco Fieldhouse, some things will stay the same, which likely includes the win/loss record.

The offseason trade that sent forward and double-double contributor, Troy Murphy to New Jersey, landed the Pacers a young, up-tempo point guard in Darren Collison. With Collison setting a fast pace and Danny Granger healthy and ready to resume his role as the team’s leading scorer, piling up points remains the team’s strongest attribute. Stopping the opposition points from mounting at the other end, however, remains the greatest concern for the Pacers.

Center Roy Hibbert has worked hard on his game and body to make himself a stronger presence around the rim. The team defensive effort would certainly get a boost if Hibbert can defend the rim while avoiding foul trouble.

Young, active forward Josh McRoberts has worked his way into the starting giving the Pacers three (along with Hibbert and Collison) 23-year-old starters to combine with Granger as a young core of developing players. With Tyler Hansbrough and rookie Paul George in the rotation, the Pacers will continue building back up this season while awaiting a large amount of cap space that will be available next summer.

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