Indiana Pacers Breakdown: Rebuilding Gone Wrong

January 4th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
The Indiana Pacers’ decision to blow up their roster and rebuild two years ago was absolutely the right one to make. However, the Pacers haven’t procured the necessary amount of talent to have any semblance of a bright future.

Instead, the stiffs and mediocrities who currently comprise the Pacers roster have steered the Pacers to a 10-23 record, with the latest loss the most humiliating one—a 132-89 annihilation at the hands of the New York Knicks.

While individual losses are often overblown, the performance exposed the myriad reasons why the Pacers will be dismal for seasons to come.

The Pacers starting lineup consisted of Earl Watson, Luther Head, Mike Dunleavy, Josh McRoberts, and Roy Hibbert—three career backups, a brittle wing still gathering his bearings after returning from injury, and a gentle giant. Has there been a more impotent starting lineup fielded by a team this season?

Roy Hibbert had some success in the paint, but his hooks are too slow developing and too mechanical to elude shot blockers coming over once Hibbert begins his moves.

Hibbert had some success from the high post, hitting jumpers from up to 20 ...

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