Indiana Pacers: 3 advantages of hiring coach Terry Stotts

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Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner
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Terry Stotts can bring out the best from the Indiana Pacers’ unsung heroes

The offensive framework by Bjorkgren improved the team’s scoring attack, but it still could be a lot better than a 14th-ranked offensive rating. Oftentimes, his run and dish attack resulted in lot of indecisiveness, making possessions look forced. When the fast break opportunity was not present, his half court sets were largely predicated on Domas’ shot creation and playmaking, pushing scorers to wait-and-see mode.

That doesn’t happen with Terry Stotts. He is a huge believer that all five players on the court should be threats to score. He had limited offensive players, but his devotion to making them more than mere utilities on the court has paid dividends. He was the first to maximize Nicolas Batum’s passing. He basically breathed life into Al-Farouq Aminu’s offensive game. Most recently, he laid the platform for Carmelo Anthony to regain his footing in the league.

Hopefully, Stotts can unlock the scoring potential of the team’s oft-ignored pieces on offense, especially with Myles Turner whose aggressiveness has waned in recent seasons and the inconsistent Aaron Holiday. Even Goga Bitadze and Oshae Brissett can benefit from his freedom-laced scoring attack. His hands-off approach and letting the offense organically develop on the court worked very well in Portland. In Indiana, it can get to another level.