Indiana Pacers: 3 advantages of hiring coach Terry Stotts

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Indiana Pacers, Caris LeVert
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Terry Stotts will inject an even more modern offense to the Indiana Pacers

Despite public criticism on his isolation-heavy schemes in Portland, there’s no doubt that it worked with their personnel. Under Terry Stotts, the Trail Blazers finished at least 3rd in offensive rating in the past three seasons.

The Indiana Pacers already trot out a squad that can be more dynamic offensively compared to Stotts’ previous team. With a high-scoring backcourt consisting of Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert, a highly efficient scoring wing in TJ Warren and a nightly triple-double threat in Domantas Sabonis, the Blue and Gold will not be short of scoring under the seasoned coach.

Stotts’ offensive philosophy is not rocket science. He values the freedom of players on the court, leaving it to them to read the floor and make apt decisions. His offense does not generate a lot of assists (dead last in the league), but it also does not yield many turnovers (first in the association).

He strongly emphasizes the importance of three-point shots, a must in today’s game. While the Pacers improved on that front, they’re still in the bottom half of the league in attempts. He also advocates for taking the first quality shot, which will mesh well with Indiana’s 4th-ranked pace in the recently concluded campaign and their abundance of potent shot creators.