The Indiana Pacers will without their leading scorer from last season, Danny Granger for an estimated three months. The former NBA All-Star paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews where he underwent an injection in his left knee to help with his patellar tendonitis. Furthermore, the Eastern Conference’s third place team from one season ago will be ailing for the duration of Grangers time out. It is now on Pacer head coach Frank Vogel to stay above water while their star heals.
Vogel will definitely call to Paul George to shoulder some of the load and rightfully so. Entering his third NBA season, the 6’10 athletic specimen has already been noted for his defensive prowess against the likes of Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. Furthermore, George played in all 66 games last season and averaged 12.1 PPG and 5.8 RPG in his sophomore season. George has been seen around Indiana as the “hope” to this ball club and someone who can move into superstar status. While the ceiling is high, time will tell if George can grow comfortable being the teams number one option for at least another three months.
In addition, the bench will play a key role in the Pacers success this winter. Additions of PG D.J. Augustin, SG Gerald Green and C Ian Mahinmi were all efforts to sure up a bench that underperformed in last years playoff run. However, with Granger out the Pacers may need to make another move to pick up the slack. Perhaps a free agent like Kenyon Martin or Mickael Pietrus could help short-term if Indiana begins to struggle.