The Indiana Pacers are not content with their overachievement in 2017-18. This summer, Kevin Pritchard and the rest of the Pacers’ brass decided to go for it.
And with LeBron James heading to the Western Conference, there’s no better time for it.
In addition to coming away with Aaron Holiday, considered one of the steals of the NBA Draft, the Pacers inked veterans Tyreke Evans, Doug McDermott, and Kyle O’Quinn. All three players will factor prominently off the Indiana bench, and Holiday will likely be groomed as the point guard of the future.
O’Quinn is coming off a career year for the New York Knicks, where he excelled in a reserve role. He averaged 7.1 PPG and 6.1 RPG. Meanwhile, Evans was one of the top Sixth Man candidates in the entire league. For a banged-up Memphis squad, Evans posted 19.4 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 5.1 RPG.
Evans, specifically, will provide some scoring relief to star guard Victor Oladipo. The organization will also rely on the continued development of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis.
This key offseason has positioned the Pacers well for the 2018-19 season. With LeBron off to Los Angeles, the Pacers are as good a team as any in the Eastern Conference. They’re proceeding in that fashion, too.
Indiana figures to compete with the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Toronto Raptors for one of the top seeds in the East. The Pacers were knocked out of last year’s playoffs due to a monster effort from LeBron in a thrilling 7-game series.
O’Quinn previously played with Oladipo, which factored into his decision. “The opportunity to play again with Vic and being a part of a culture, I feel I owed that to myself,” the big man said at his introductory press conference. “I wanted to play for something more than next year's draft."
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