Indiana Pacers Bench Adds Luis Scola and Suddenly Looks Very Dangerous

July 27th, 2013 by Geoff Estes Leave a reply »

Around this time a year ago, I wrote a piece on how the Pacers 2012-2013 bench stacked up to the underachieving bench of the 2011-2012 season.  I was generally undecided how it would go, but I was far from bullish on the D.J. Augustin signing and didn't love the Ian Mahinmi trade.

In retrospect, the Augustin signing was a disaster. The Mahinmi trade wasn't a terrible move, as Dahntay Jones had a quiet year and Darren Collison struggled to fit into coach Rick Carlisle's system in Dallas, while Mahinmi played crucial minutes both early in the season for a struggling Roy Hibbert and later for shorter stretches to spell Hibbert.

The bench from the 2012 playoffs wasn't great by any means. They were the unit consisting of Collison, Leandro Barbosa, Tyler Hansbrough, Lou Amundson and Dahntay Jones. A.J. Price played a role on that bench, as did Lance Stephenson, but very sparingly.

The goal a year ago was to bolster the bench with Augustin, Mahinmi and Gerald Green. Lance Stephenson was also expected to step into a backup role.

Of course, as we know, Danny Granger missed all but a few games, Stephe ...

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