The Indiana Pacers are less than two weeks away from the beginning of their 2012 training camp. The preseason for the Pacers officially begins away on Wednesday, October 10th and at home on Friday, October 12th. The Indiana Pacers will kick off the 2012 NBA preseason with two games in a row against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Prior to the preseason, the Pacers will be using a returning lineup of veteran starters, as well as several new additions, to improve on a team that surprised much of the NBA in 2011-12. The Pacers finished last season with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, and the fifth-best record in the NBA.
Not only is Indiana bringing back their entire starting lineup from the end of last season, the team has drafted, traded for, or brought in no less than nine other players so far in the offseason. Whether on the bench or on the practice squad, the abundance of back-up talent will serve as nothing but a catalyst for the team to become deeper and more deadly. The mix of young rookies, free agents, and former developmental players will play hungry.
The new blood on the team will prove beneficial to the starters, offering both challenges in practice and support on the court. Last season, this team exceeded expectations, but still found themselves exposed in some spots. If this preseason plan is worked upon and used properly, the 2012-2013 Indiana Pacers might just find themselves being touted as one the the deepest teams in the NBA.