May 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) grabs a rebound in front of Dallas Mavericks center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the first half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Ian Mahinmi Pacers Player Profile

Ian Mahinmi

2011-2012 Season Recap

Ian Mahinmi was traded to the Pacers this off season for Dahntay Jones and Darren Collison.  From what I heard about his game, it’s that he is a physical player with some good athleticism.  But he was foul prone, which is something that will have to turn around if he wants to be perform with the Pacers.  His season stats include right around 6 points a game in 18 minutes of play.  He ended up starting 12 games when the Mavericks needed him to step into the center position.  He had a season high 19 points against Toronto early in the season.  He averaged around 5 rebounds a game.  So looks to be an ample back up center and one that can come in for a few things.

2012-2013 Season Preview

I would look for Mahinmi to bring down the fouls as he’s going to be counted on as the back up center.  If he’s going to be backing up Roy Hibbert, he’s going to be needed to play out there.  Hibbert could be a good model of how to turn around that issue of fouling too much as he was in the same boat a few years ago.  I would look for Hibbert and Mahinmi to work together on that issue.  If Mahinmi can come out and play 15-20 minutes a game, that would be the ideal playing time I see for him.  If he can get some rebounds and play some defense, that’s going to bode well for the Pacers.  He needs to show off  this athleticism that he has by getting to the ball and making those hustle plays.  Playing alongside Tyler Hansbrough in the second unit, that could be two energy filled guys.  A duo that makes the Pacers bench hum.  I’ve not personally seen much of Mahinmi’s game, so I’m very interested to see what he brings this season.

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