The Indiana Pacers have had a very disappointing offseason after losing Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets, but there are a few additions that they made who could end up canceling the loss of Stephenson out. They were the number one overall seed in the Eastern Conference last season, but had an infamous collapse down the stretch of the season. Despite the collapse, they were able to get to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they ended up getting embarrassed by the Miami Heat in six games.
Larry Bird was hoping to bring Stephenson back, but when he didn’t it was expected that Indiana would look to make a fairly big trade. There were rumors earlier in the offseason that Indiana was looking to acquire Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns, but those rumors faded away quickly. It is still possible that the Pacers will make a move prior to the season, but they appear to be fairly happy with what they currently have.
There is no doubt that the Pacers have the potential to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, but they are going to need their new players to make an impact. Roy Hibbert is another player that will have to come up big this season for them to reach the Eastern Conference Finals again, but he simply cannot be counted on until he shows consistency. Following the gruesome injury to Paul George in last night’s Team USA basketball scrimmage, the Pacers are in desperate need for help.
What grade does each of the Pacers’ offseason acquisitions receive?