Other People’s Words: The Basketball Post Looks at the Ceiling for This Year’s Pacer Team
As we are wont to do, we periodically opt out of writing in favor of pointing our readers towards works that show both great writing and great insight. Tonight, I’m pleased to direct you towards Carlos Alberto Petry, Junior’s discussion of the potential of Frank Vogel’s team this year.
Carlos and I had a tweet-versation on the subject, and he provides a great outsider’s perspective. Of particular interest – given the recent bad news on George Hill – was his third, and biggest, concern.
- Will the team be able to survive the season without injuries to their main players?
This is the biggest question, in my opinion. The team’s depth looks fragile as it is, so an injury to any starter could mean a big drop-off in terms of performance. Yes, Hill and Hansbrough are very capable of stepping into a starter role, but what happens to the bench if they do? This is where I think this team is behind the other top teams in the East, and the main reason why I don’t expect them to contend for the title — yet, at least. After some key additions next offseason (which they should be able to make, since cap space will not be a problem), the Pacers could position themselves as a contender for years to come.
There’s plenty more where they came from, so please, head on over to The Basketball Post and enjoy.
You can also follow Mr. Petry, Jr. on Twitter @Siga_NBA. It should be noted that Carlos devotes a good portion of his tweets to his Brazilian followers, so if you don’t speak Portuguese (like me) there will be a lot of tweets you simply won’t understand. However, don’t let that deter you. It’s well worth it, because you can never have enough bright, friendly basketball fans in your timeline.