Indiana Pacers Season Preview History
2012-13 INDIANA PACERS SEASON PREVIEW
The Indiana Pacers were one of the best teams in basketball during the 2011-12 NBA season, finishing with a 42-24 record and nabbing the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. After shocking the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs, the Pacers pushed the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat to a six game series before they were overcome by the Heat's star power. During the offseason, the Pacers knew they had a contending roster to work with, so they made a series of minor acquisitions and improved their depth to make a major run at the franchise's first NBA title.
The biggest need during the offseason for the Pacers was to re-sign All-Star center Roy Hibbert, and they did just that by keeping him under contract for the next four years. The team also traded point guard Darren Collison to Dallas for Ian Mahinmi, who should provide solid depth behind Hibbert. The team was also able to pick up former Bobcat D.J. Augustin, who may be able to showcase his true talents with a better supporting cast. The Pacers also solidified the forward position by picking up former Net Gerald Green. In the draft, the Pacers surprised many analysts with the selection of center Miles Plumlee, who was ranked far lower by most draft experts. Finally, the team selected shooting guard Orlando Johnson with their second pick, which could round out the guard position for the team.
The Pacers' starting lineup will be one of the best in the Eastern Conference, with George Hill manning the point guard position and Paul George handling the shooting guard spot. At forward, the team has an embarrassment of riches in David West and Sam Young, as well as talented backups like Tyler Hansbrough. After the offseason, the Pacers have one of the strongest center groupings in the league, a distinct size advantage that could prove beneficial when the Pacers have to match up with upper echelon teams in the playoffs.
Ultimately, the outlook for the Pacers heading into the 2012-13 season is that they have done much to improve the core of the team while adding solid depth at many positions. They are widely considered to be one of the top three teams in the NBA and fans should have another stellar season that may have the team's first championship banner in its future.
Indiana Pacers 2012 NBA Season Preview:
The Indiana Pacers aren’t just thinking playoffs this year, but making a major push for the Central Conference title. The Pacers have a fantastic core to make it happen, with their fantastic (but oft-injured) forward Danny Granger leading the way; Center Roy Hibbert manning the boards; and point guard Darren Collison leading the team in assists. Add the newly acquired David West, and their size will be a huge asset against the Central-leading Chicago Bulls—last year they ranked fifth in the league with 43.5 rebounds a game.
Indiana Pacers 2011 NBA Season:
The Indiana Pacers finished the 2011 NBA Season with a 37-45 record, and lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
2010-2011 Indiana Pacers NBA Preview:
For the last several years, the Indiana Pacers have been in rebuilding mode. The team has not made the playoffs since the 2005-2006 season, and fans are beginning to wonder when to expect a return to the impressive consistency that typified the team throughout much of the '90s and early 2000s. This year may be the year, as the Pacers are stacked with a wealth of young talent and look poised to return to the postseason.
Indiana will be led by Danny Granger who, despite dealing with injuries, put together a solid campaign last year. Granger led the team with 24.1 points a game, and if he can stay healthy should be one of the premiere scorers in the NBA. Point guard A.J. Price had an impressive rookie season, and the Pacers will be expecting just as much out of the second year man out of Connecticut.
Indiana has a solid defense, which is anchored by shooting guard Dahntay Jones. The pacers also added stalwart defender Darren Collison during the offseason, and center Roy Hibbert should be a force down low. With two rookies who can make a difference - Lance Stephenson and Paul George - the Pacers should be able to meet their expectations if they can stay healthy and improve on rebounding.
2009-2010 Indiana Pacers NBA Preview:
The Indiana Pacers head into the 2009-2010 season with a talented young roster hopes to return to the Eastern Conference playoffs. Pacers Head Coach Jim O'Brien has talented athletes all across his roster. Indiana will be lead by SF Danny Granger, PG TJ Ford and PF Troy Murphy. Mix in young talent like Tyler Hansborough and Roy Hibbert and the Pacers start to look like an emerging talent in the East. If Indiana gets all of their stars on the same page, then look for the Pacers to make a deep run into the playoffs in the very near future.
2008-2009 Indiana Pacers NBA Preview:
The Indiana Pacers are perhaps the NBA team with the least certain future. After two seasons without qualifying for the playoffs, the Pacers organization has made a number of changes to rebuild the team to its past status as a championship contender. Who can forget the success the team had when led by Reggie Miller, who once famously scored 8 points in less than 9 seconds against the Knicks in the 1995 playoffs. Pacers fans hope that the trade of Jermaine O'Neal for several Raptors players will help to rebuild the team to reclaim past glory. Attending a home game at the Conseco Fieldhouse is sure to give fans an exciting glimpse into the future of Indiana Pacers basketball.