Where the Bigs Get Their Shots: UPDATE
The Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 102-98 in preseason action last night, and we may have more on that later in the day, but I wanted to do a quick follow up on Sunday’s post about where Pacer bigs have been getting their shots. Specifically, here’s a quick look at the combined shot chart for Jeff Pendergraph and Miles Plumlee.
Not a lot of shots for the two of them, but you can see that Pendergraph is still getting more outside than inside. Fortunately, he hit two of them, and he had two great assists for dunks – one to Plumlee and one lob to Gerald Green. That Plumlee bucket on the right block was a nice little hook shot that shows promise.
Odds are we won’t see a whole lot more of Plumlee and possibly Pendergraph for the balance of the preseason, as Frank Vogel said he wants to start settling into his regular rotations sooner, rather than later. Plumlee will drop behind Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi at the five. Meanwhile, responses from Vogel in his post-game presser made it sound like he was sticking with Tyler Hansbrough at the backup 4.
Hansbrough has struggled from the floor, hitting only 2 of his 12 shots in the preseason, and he missed three of four free throws late in the game. Still, Vogel expressed confidence in Tyler, saying that you can’t look at the box score. “He makes good things happen for his team when he’s on the floor,” the coach said when asked about Hansbrough.
The fourth-year forward from North Carolina has struggled to string together consistently good performances since March and April of 2011, and the Pacers need him to return to that level of play. One encouraging thing about Tyler in the preseason is his 16 rebounds in 42 minutes of play. Hansbrough – and the Pacers – struggled mightily on the glass with him at the four last season.