As the 2012 NBA preseason rolls on, the Indiana Pacers (1-1) find themselves sitting several starters for various reasons, and shuffling lineups to try out some of the new talent that they have brought in during the off season. This young roster would benefit from giving some of these new faces as much preseason time on the court to help an already established starting lineup.
With a dedicated core of players and a stable coaching staff returning from last year with a full training camp under their belt, we could see a bolstered bench this season for the Pacers, which was a thin spot for the team in 2011.
Two of the early bright spots on the court for the Pacers have been the productive play of center Ian Manhimi and guard Ben Hansbrough. Both players have shined in their time on the court, which has increased in the preseason, as some of the starters for Indiana have been sat down. Especially considering how much the Pacers seemed to fall off when their starters were rested at times last season, it’s been a breath of fresh air to see a few young players making the most of the opportunity to play.
Hansbrough was brought in after a decent Summer League session, but the jury is still out as to how he might (and if he could) fit into an already-stacked Indiana roster of guards. Manhimi has seem increased play at the center position, which was very lacking at any time last season when Roy Hibbert was not on the floor.