April 13, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) controls a loose ball during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers: Fantasy Basketball Outlook

While the Indiana Pacers aren’t the best team for fantasy basketball players, there are a couple of options that owners could pick up for their team.  The Pacers play that team oriented basketball, so it’s hard telling who might get all the points on the team on any given night.  In a way, that’s great for contending in the NBA.  But for fantasy leagues, it’s tough to decide what Pacers player you would pick up.  I have two players that you should give consideration to for drafting to your team.


Danny Granger

Apr 1, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) takes a shot against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The Pacers defeated the Rockets 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

While Danny Granger’s scoring has dipped a small percentage, there’s no doubt, he’s a scorer first.  Therefore, he’ll get about 15-20 points just about every night.  That’s a good consistent type of scoring you could pick up for your team.  He won’t fill the stat sheet in other places, but scoring is important, so might as well add him to your team.  He looks for his own points first, so as long as he keeps up his shooting percentage, he should be right around his career average of 18 points per game.  Last season, he stepped up in that final month and had over 20 points a game for most of that month.  If the Pacers are able to contend like they did last year, I would look for Granger to step up once again come March and April.

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert got the big pay day this off season, so I would look for him to show that he’s worth the money.  He had the All-Star season last year, and I would think he gets right back there this season.  If there’s one thing to improve upon, it’s the consistency.  Roy Hibbert should be a guy that averages over 10 points a game and 10 rebounds a game.  With that type of stat sheet, Roy Hibbert is your center to draft.  He can also play on the defensive end, and pick up a couple of blocks per game.  In the Eastern Conference, where he’s a bigger center, that should be key going against the smaller guys.  I think he will want to go out and prove how much he’s worth, and this will be more of the breakout season we saw last year.


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