May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph (29) during game 5 of the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers: Other Roster Spots


There’s a few more guys left to talk about for the Pacers and how they should perform this season.  I’ll break it down in three different categories.

New Players Added

These three guys were just recently added to the roster, and each have a one year deal.  It’s probably going to be small filler minutes for these guys, and I can’t imagine we’ll see much of them.

Blake Ahern

Blake Ahern has only played 19 games total with an career average of 11 minutes a game.  He could probably came in at the end of a blowout for some minutes to run the point position or step into some shooting guard role.

Sundiata Gaines

Another pick up for the guard position who just recently played with the Nets.  He’s averaged 4.5 points a game, so probably a filler role for Sundiata Gaines.  He was a member of the Jazz in 2009-2010 and played some in the playoffs.

Sam Young

Sam Young has been a member of the Memphis Grizzlies a couple of times.  He was drafted by the team in 2009 and played through 2011.  Then he went to the Philadelphia 76ers for part of 2011-2012, and ended back up on the Grizzlies.  He is listed as a small forward, so maybe he could come in at that position, and give some rest to Danny Granger or if Paul George fills that spot for a bit.

Draft Picks

Previewing what the two draft picks can do for this year’s Pacers team.

Miles Plumlee
There was much disagreement about the pick up of Miles Plumlee as he didn’t average that many minutes in the college game, so how can he play in the pro game?  Well, I think he’ll get a shot to prove he can play, and if he can go out and get some quality minutes even if it’s a short time, then he can show he’s worth the draft pick.  But if he goes out only for a short time, then why did the Pacers pick him up other than to have a big body around there?  It should be interesting to see what direction the Pacers will go with Miles Plumlee. 

Orlando Johnson

People seem more excited about the idea of drafting Orlando Johnson as he’s a shooter.  He’ll go out and take shots, and hopefully make more than he misses.  That will be the biggest thing is his shot selection. He seemed to be the type of player that goes out and takes any shot. In the pro game, you have to be selective about what shot you take.  Orlando Johnson figures that part out, and he should be a great addition for the Pacers.

Last Year’s Roster Player

Jeff Pendergraph

Here’s a guy that was added last season, but suffered an injury early on and never got a chance to show much.  I think this season as long he’s healthy, he’ll get some minutes in the forward spot.  He looks to be a guy that can do some of the hustle plays, but I don’t think he can add much to the stat line.

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