2014 Indiana Pacers Season Preview
Last season the Indiana Pacers were just a few steps away from reaching the NBA Finals. The Pacers won 56 games in the regular season, and finished with the NBA Eastern Conference’s #1 playoff seed. Wins in the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs, left Indiana feeling good about their chances, but the Pacers were once again knocked out by the Miami Heat. For 3 years now the Indiana Pacers have been one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers have a trusted coach in Frank Vogel, and a solid core of players with David West, George Hill, Roy Hibbert, and Paul George. The biggest questions coming into the Indiana Pacers 2014-15 schedule will be surrounding the departure of Lance Stephenson, and the injury to Paul George. Indiana will surely miss Stephenson’s nagging defense, and losing a player the caliber of Paul George is impossible to brush off. But the Indiana Pacers are built for the long haul, and should put together another quality year in 2014-15.
2013 Indiana Pacers Season Preview
Most of the roster stayed the same for a team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals and shocked many by putting up a good fight against the Miami Heat. Danny Granger played in only a handful of games in 2012-13 Season and his inclusion for a full season will be a big help in nailing down an even better seed in the playoffs. Paul George was a big reason behind the success of last season, as well as big man Roy Hibbert and George Hill. Luis Scola was brought in to back up David West, and the Pacers look to have a solid all-around team going into the 2013-14 season. The first game of the season will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Nov. 2 against Cleveland, before heading to Detroit on Nov. 5. Other key home games will include a rematch against the Heat on Dec. 10, vs. Houston and new big man Dwight Howard on Dec. 20, and vs. a new-look Brooklyn team on Dec. 28.
2012 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.
2011 Indiana Pacers Season 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.
2010 Indiana Pacers Season 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.
2009 Indiana Pacers Season 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.