What the Indiana Pacers Need from Chris Copeland This Year

August 27th, 2013 by Poch de la Rosa Leave a reply »

What exactly do the Indiana Pacers need from Chris Copeland?

There are several voids the much-heralded 29-year-old can fill. His three-point shooting and offensive spark are just some of the things which he brings to the Pacers' table.

An in-depth look at some of the intangibles Indiana needs from him ought to give us an idea of how his game will measure up in 2013-14.


Improve Bench Scoring and Overall Offense

Obviously, the Indiana Pacers were in dire need of a scoring punch off the bench prior to Copeland's acquisition. 

At 24.1 points per game, Indiana's bench ranked second-to-last last season, just ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The Pacers offense also didn't impress anyone, as it wound up just 23rd overall in 2012-13 with 94.7 points per contest. Case in point? Their Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in which they scored just 76 points and saw All-Star Paul George's scoring tallying just seven markers. 

Clearly, if one of Indiana's starters has an off night, Copeland can help pick up the slack at small forward or power fo ...

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