Contest or Tank? The Dilemma Facing the Indiana Pacers

January 9th, 2010 by Pace Miller Leave a reply »
We're not even at the half-way mark of the 2009-2010 NBA regular season yet, but sadly for the Indiana Pacers, it's not too early to start thinking about the next draft lottery.

To keep contesting every game and miss the playoffs anyway, or develop the young players and possibly get a top draft pick?  This is becoming a serious dilemma for the Indiana Pacers.

All-Star Danny Granger and Troy Murphy both returned to action last game, a 116-109 loss to the lowly Minnesota Wolves, one of the three teams in the NBA with a worse record than the 11-24 Pacers.

To say this season has been a disappointment is a massive understatement.  Let's not forget, 2009-2010 was meant to be the season the Pacers finally turned things around. 

The existing core of players were supposed to have gelled, the young players were supposed to become solid, consistent contributors, and the new guys were supposed to fill in the remaining gaps and bring in a defensive mindset that had been sorely lacking in past seasons. 

Forget just squeezing into the playoffs: the Pacers were aiming for a top six finish!

However, reality has been both br ...

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