NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

Paul George and the Pacers are fighting for playoff positioning.

INDIANA PACERS

Camp Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Coach: Nate McMillan, first year with Pacers, 12 years overall; 478-452.

Last Season: 45-37, lost to Toronto in first round of playoffs.

Key Returnees: Paul George, Myles Turner, Monta Ellis, CJ Miles, Rodney Stuckey, Lavoy Allen, Glenn Robinson III, Joseph Young, Rakeem Christmas.

Key Additions: Jeff Teague (Atlanta), Al Jefferson (Charlotte), Thaddeus Young (Brooklyn), Aaron Brooks (Chicago), Jeremy Evans (Dallas), Kevin Seraphin (New York), Alex Poythress (rookie, Kentucky), Georges Niang (rookie, Iowa State), Julyan Stone (Turkey), Nick Zeisloft (rookie, Indiana University).

Key Losses: George Hill (Utah), Solomon Hill (New Orleans), Jordan Hill (Minnesota), Ty Lawson (Sacramento), Ian Mahinmi (Washington), Shayne Whittington (Spain).

Outlook: Nate McMillan hasn’t been a head coach since 2012, but the Pacers know what he brings. McMillan’s previous teams played fast, yet under control. They defended hard and usually gave themselves a chance. Even better, despite all the changes, Paul George remains. George is among the league’s most versatile stars, and he and McMillan should be a perfect match. The additions of Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague and forever-underrated Thaddeus Young won’t hurt, either. Throw in Monta Ellis and second-year man Myles Turner, and this is a squad that should play tough, play smart, and without question be in the mix.

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