NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-14-2015
Indiana Pacers Adds Some Offense to Their Roster as They Look for a Return to the Playoffs
The Indiana Pacers in the 2014-15 season finished with a record of 38-44 and missed the Eastern conference playoffs as they were the ninth seed. Indiana was tied with the Brooklyn Nets but lost the tiebreaker that gave the Nets the final playoff spot last year.
Indiana played 76 games without their best player in Paul George who was sidelined after breaking his leg in the summer while playing for Team USA in an exhibition game played at Las Vegas. He did return for the final six games of the season but saw very limited minutes after missing most of the year.
The Pacers will have a different look as center Roy Hibbert exits the club in free agency and is now an LA Laker. Hibbert played in 76 games last year and averaged 25 minutes with ten points and seven rebounds per game. Fantasy baseball GM’s take note that no Pacer averaged 30 minutes or greater per game last season.
Indiana Pacers PG:
The Pacers point guard had an injury plagued year a season ago. He suffered from knee and quad injuries that forced him to miss 39 games. Hill in 43 games last year played 29 ½ minutes a contest as he averaged 16.1 points and shot a very good 47.7% from the field. His dished five assists per game and grabbed four rebounds.
Indiana Pacers SG:
The veteran shooting guard is a new addition to the Pacers. Ellis is a ten year veteran who now plays for his fourth team in his NBA career. He had been tagged during his years with the Warriors and Bucks as an all offense and no defense player. He picked up some bad habits when the Warriors were a bad team during his tenure with the club. He has been relatively healthy the past three seasons. In the 2011-12 campaign he missed 59 games with Milwaukee but has missed just two games the past three years. He spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and improved his defense enough to average 35 ½ minutes per game in his time with the club that demands play on both ends. Ellis produced offense by averaging 19 points per game the past two years and hitting nearly 45% from the floor.
Indiana Pacers SF:
Miles is 28 years old and has played ten years in the league. With injuries to Paul George and George Hill, Miles was able to produce career high numbers in several categories. In 70 games last year he averaged 26 minutes and scored 13 ½ points per game with a 40% shooting percentage. He enters his second year with the Pacers after spending the previous two years with the Cavaliers and the first seven years of his career with the Utah Jazz.
Indiana Pacers PF:
During the preseason the media reports have been positive about George’s health as he readies for the upcoming season. In his six games played last year he averaged 15 minutes a game and scored 8.8 points per game with a 36.7% shooting percentage. In 2013-14 George played 80 games and averaged over 36 minutes with 21.7 points per game. He has excellent value in one day NBA real money leagues as George grabbed nearly seven rebounds and dished out 3 ½ assists.
Indiana Pacers C:
The 28 year old is a seven year veteran who enters his fourth year with the Pacers. In 61 games in the 2014-15 campaign the center averaged 4 points with six rebounds. With Hibbert gone, Mahinmi should see more minutes but has never averaged more than 18.8 minutes per game in his NBA career.