Although the entire starting lineup from the Indiana Pacers’ 2012 NBA Playoffs run will return to the court this season, many other changes have been made to the team’s bench. The Indiana Pacers have brought in and traded for several other key position bench and practice squad players. With so many changes occuring to make this young team more deep, some other players from last year’s team had to find new homes. A couple of free agents from the Indiana Pacers’ 2011-12 roster were recently picked up by other NBA teams.
Former Pacers’ center Kyrylo Fesenko, and center/forward Lou Amundson have both been added to new rosters. Fesenko was picked up by the Chicago Bulls, and Amundson is now a part of the Minnesota Timberwolves. What these players will add to their new teams is yet to be determined, but both men will help add depth and size to whichever squad they are on. Fesenko is a big body, that can be used to take up space and eat up fouls. His skills are still raw, but his physical attributes are undeniable. Amundson is a feisty, although somewhat uncontrolled, player who spent a lot of last season in the back up center spot for the Pacers, due to injury.
Amundson played for much of the 2011-12 season coming off the bench in limited minutes for the Pacers. In less than 13 minutes a game, Lou averaged 3.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. Fesenko wasn’t picked up until late last season, and didn’t see the court much at all. Fesenko only played 17 total minutes in three games, after being picked up in March.