2012-13 Indiana Pacers Preview

14 Oct
By: Colby A. Martin

Over the past few years the Pacers organization has shown promise in building a contending team. They’ve added players through the draft and free agency that have been significant to finishing 3rd in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12, and 2nd to the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division. Even though the lockout shortened the season, the Pacers finished 8 games out of 1st place, and 4 games behind the eventual NBA Champions Miami Heat.

2012-13 Roster

The Pacers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat, and had starting Center Roy Hibbert stayed out of foul trouble, could have easily beat the Heat. However, the story of last season wasn’t the Pacers 2nd-round elimination, but the breakout season for SF/SG Paul George.  George led the team in shots per game, and was the 4th best scorer behind Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, and David West. George also represented the Pacers in the 2011-12 All-Star Slam Dunk Competition, and to many fans was the definitive winner even though he wasn’t. This year the Pacers enter the season with a new point guard in former Charlotte Bobcat and University of Texas standout DJ Augustin. The Pacers have also added role players Sam Young and Gerald Greene, and a definitive backup Center in Ian Mahinmi. I predict the Depth Chart for the Season to look something like this:

              Starter                            2nd String                       3rd String                                       

PG.    DJ Augustin                    George Hill                    Sundiata Gaines/*Ben Hansbrough

SG      Paul George                    Orlando Johnson       Lance Stephenson

SF      Danny Granger              Gerald Greene              Sam Young

PF      David West                      Tyler Hansbrough     Jeff Pendergraff

C         Roy Hibbert                    Ian Mahinmi               Miles Plumlee                  

*Friday Night’s performance against Minnesota for Ben Hansbrough was significant enough for me to consider him a part of the roster. However, he may still be cut due to the depth at Guard for the Pacers. Look for Ben Hansbrough to be in the NBA this season.

2012-13 Dates of Importance 

  • Wed, Nov 7              @Atlanta                   7:30 PM
  • Sun,  Nov 18            @New York              7:00 PM
  • Tue, Nov 27           @Los Angeles          10:30 PM
  • Tue, Dec 4                @Chicago                  8:00 PM
  • Sun, Dec 9                @Oklahoma City  7:00 PM
  • Fri, Dec 14               vs Philadelphia       7:00 PM
  • Wed, Dec 26           vs Chicago                  7:00 PM
  • Sat, Dec 29                @Atlanta                   7:00 PM
  • Fri, Jan 4                    @Boston                    8:00 PM
  • Tue, Jan 8                vs Miami                     7:00 PM
  • Sun, Jan 13                @Brooklyn              6:00 PM
  • Fri, Feb 1                    vs Miami                     7:00 PM
  • Thu, Feb 28            vs Los Angeles         7:00 PM
  • Sat, Mar 23                @Chicago                  8:00 PM
  • Tue, Apr 16                @Boston                   8:00 PM

Visit Pacers.com for the full schedule

Season Expectations

With the breakout season that Paul George had last season and Roy Hibbert becoming the best Center in the east (since Dwight Howard went to LA), I look for the Pacers to be one of the definitive teams to beat this year. The Pacers should easily win 50 games this year with the Eastern Conference in a major shakeup. The longtime Conference leaders of Orlando, Atlanta, and Boston major shakeups in the roster while the Pacers, Heat, and Chicago stay dominate. The 76er’s are a team with a lot of hope this season with the addition of star Center Andrew Bynum.

I see the Pacers finishing 3rd again in the Eastern Conference, but challenging for a deep run in the playoffs. This is my look at the finishing order for the East:

                1. Miami
                2. Chicago
                3. Indiana
                4. New York
                5. Philadelphia
                6. Atlanta
                7. Boston
                8. Brooklyn
                9. Milwaukee
                10. Orlando
                11. Detroit
                12. Cleveland
                13. Washington
                14. Charlotte

I’m also predicting the Pacers to have 2-3 All-Star members. Those players will likely be Roy Hibbert, Paul George, and Danny Granger. I potentially see Ian Mahinmi making it to the Rising Stars game as well. The Pacers could also challenge for some of the flashiest dunks this season with Paul George and Gerald Greene on the roster.


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