Indiana Pacers: 3 reasons Nate Bjorkgren should not be fired

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The Indiana Pacers have offense!

The biggest problem with Nate McMillan for many Pacers fans – myself included – was his lack of creativity on offense and a pretty underwhelming output on that end. WIth Bjorkgren, the Pacers have improved their scoring and three-point attempts, which were not great under the last coaching staff.

While Bjorkgren’s coaching has sacrificed defense in a major way, the offense has a lot of potential with Domantas Sabonis and Caris LeVert. If Indiana can sort out the defense, perhaps by hiring a defensive-minded assistant, there is still potential in the building.

I would be excited to see this team with an Anunoby-like wing to help carry the load defensively while letting Caris continue to work as a primary ball-handler. They could also seek offensive creators in this year’s draft, a class that features a lot of talented scorers and shooters.

I’m not saying Nate’s offense is perfect but the spike in points from last season is worth noting. Indiana jumped from roughly 107 points per game last year to 115 points per contest under Bjorkgren. Scoring is the foundation of basketball and teams who do that at a high clip will have success.

This is a tricky situation and I think Bjorkgren’s time is up after this season but he was not given the best situation to enter.

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