NBA 2018 Offseason Breakdown: Indiana Pacers

Back again for the Offseason Breakdown blog, now onto the Indiana Pacers. I’ll write about what the Pacers did in the offseason, the teams starting 5, strengths and weaknesses, and how I think the Pacers will do this season. Let’s start.

Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Tyreke Evans signs a 1 year $12.4 million contract

This is a very good signing for the Pacers as last season Tyreke Evans had his best season since his rookie year, last year in Memphis. Evans will most likely be a sixth man for the Pacers since Oladipo is the starter, and he could have a strong chance to win sixth man of the year.
Kyle O’Quinn signs a 1 year $4.4 million contract 
So for me as a Knicks fan, I know this is a really good signing. When O’Quinn was on the Knicks, he was one of the best team players I have seen in a while. He is always getting hyped for his team, and not to mention how he is a really good rebounder for only being 6’10”.

Starting 5:
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Victor Oladipo
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
PF: Domantas Sabonis
C: Myles Turner

Last season the shining star of this team was Victor Oladipo. Oladipo had his best season in his career where he averaged a career high 23.1 PPG, 4.3 APG, 5.2 RPG, and lead the NBA in steals with 2.4 per game. And the the Pacers only got better this offseason by adding Tyreke Evans and drafting Aaron Holiday

One thing that I saw that dissapointed me was Myles Turner. I think Turner has all the potential to be one of the best centers in the NBA, but last season he had a decline. His PPG, RPG, and BPG, all decreased while only playing 3 less minutes from the season before. I would like to see the Turner increase his points to at least 14 per game and rebounds to 8.

Offseason Grade: B

Prediction: The Pacers took a huge step in last season playoffs and they will make them once again this season. I have the Pacers making the playoffs as the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.

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