The Eastern Conference is ‘wide’ open now that LeBron James is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Indiana Pacers have one of many teams ecstatic hearing that news. The Pacers and the Cavs had one helluva 7-game series in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs which had some breathtaking plays from LeBron James & Victor Oladipo.
This offseason, the Pacers have added Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott, and Kyle O’Quinn, and drafted a good position player in Aaron Holiday. “We feel good about our draft picks and our free agents that we were able to pick up,” he said. “We felt like we added a need to our roster. We felt like we were able to strengthen our bench. All of those were guys we felt like if we could improve that position, we wanted to. Aaron is going to be a real solid guard in this league.”
One thing you could critic the Pacers about is they have never really had a superstar type player. They shocked many teams with their Depth & Versatility. Seven Pacers last year averaged 9.2 or better points per game. “We’re going to stay hungry. Last year, we did some good things. We’re not satisfied with that,” said McMillan. “Our approach this offseason has been we know we’ve got to work even harder and come back even better than we were last year. We’re adding some new guys to our roster, so we felt like we created a culture and identity last season. We felt like these guys that we picked up in free agency will fit into what we started last season. We’re really looking forward to getting started.”
A lot more Games will be competive and it won’t be easy for the pacers to win the east with teams like Boston & Toronto. Nate McMillan realizes that and said We’re happy that he’s gone west. But we know that it’s still going to be a challenge and we have to make sure we work on us and not assume anything. It’s going to be a challenge for us to do the things we did last season and do it better.”
This season, the Pacers have a chance to claim a top-four seed, and could even push the Celtics and 76ers for the top seed with some good fortune. Indiana shocked many people last year with how they played.
And Finally, to answer the question; Are the Pacers a top-3 team in the East? Yes, they are!