The Indiana Pacers finally made a big move in the off-season other than in the NBA Draft. They traded away Troy Murphy, who went to the New Jersey Nets. This went along in a four-team, five-player trade. I think Indy benefited the most, getting the needs that deeply needed to have.
Obviously, they finally got the point guard they badly wanted in Darren Collison. Collison striven as a rookie last season when filling in for the injured Chris Paul. He will be the point guard of the future and can create points and some other great breaking plays.
Indy also got James Posey, who is a solid three-point shooter and can really bring some clutchness to the Pacers and that energy they need off the bench. With Posey, Indy is stacked at the small forward position with Danny Granger, Paul George, Posey, and Mike Dunleavy.
With everything done and all, the Pacers are set to go for the 2010-11 season which begins in late-October. Their season-opener will be against the San Antonio Spurs. I finally feel confident against a contending team like them. If Indy could beat them last season, they can sure beat them this season by a comfortable margin. It’s finally their time to shine.
Entering the new season, their depth chart will be nice, full, and ready to go:
PG: Darren Collison/Lance Stephenson/T.J. Ford/A.J. Price
SG: Dahntay Jones/Brandon Rush
SF: Danny Granger/Paul George/James Posey/Mike Dunleavy
PF: Tyler Hansbrough/Josh McRoberts/Magnum Rolle
C: Roy Hibbert/Jeff Foster/Solomon Jones
Now obviously if you count all that up in the depth chart, it equals 16 players. Indy will have to at least cut one of those guys or trade them. I’ll let you decide on which player that would be.
Indy finally has everything that all the bloggers, journalists, etc. said they needed. Everything is pretty solid at each position. I really think Indy can contend for the eighth or seventh seed. I like their chances at the playoffs now, finally. I am more confident than I have ever been for the past couple of seasons for the Pacers.
Even if they don’t make the playoffs this year, there is a guaranteed spot in my mind for them in the playoffs for the 2011-12 season. But I can’t wait too long. This has to be the year.
It’s finally the time for the Indiana Pacers to shine.