Indiana Pacers: 66-1


. .this will get ugly.
Paul George is probably done for the year with a broken legand Stephenson is grazing at purpler pastures. Down their two best perimeter players on offense and defense, the Indiana Pacers are going to fight in a large way.
Frank Vogel still has Roy Hibbert in the center, and George Hill will be among the NBA’s better defensive point guards. So getting stops still ought to be a strength for Indy, however, scoring will be demanding.
Really rough.
Bear in mind, this team ranked 22nd in offensive performance this past year. After the All-Star fracture, just the Sixers’ scoring attack was less powerful, per Taking away two of Indiana’s three leading scorers will make it nearly impossible to have buckets at anything greater than a bottom-five pace.
Perhaps Chris Copeland will elongate the floor with his shooting. Perhaps Hibbert will become a larger threat on the cube. David West could have one more big year .
But even if all three of those things come to pass, it’s difficult to say they’ll compensate for shedding George and Stephenson.
And in what might be the most frightening harbinger of an offensive catastrophe to come, Donald Sloan leads Indy in preseason points each game and will be the starter at point guard for up to three weeks while Hill’s left knee mends.
Oh dear.

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