- Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers fans have probably forgotten about D.J. Augustin. However, the Indiana coaching staff has not.
Augustin has quietly been doing the little things from off the bench that have helped make the Pacers a talented team this season. Augustin, in his fifth NBA season, keeps getting his hands on the ball and does some good things for the Pacers when nobody else is paying much notice. He’s been valuable in many respects.
Augustin is averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 assists per game. However, his contributions have been critical in recent games. On Sunday, the Pacers won against the Los Angeles Clippers 109-106. Austin played 10 minutes and was 3-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-3 in 3-pointers for 10 points. His point total obviously made a huge difference. Last Friday, in a 112-104 NBA win at the Phoenix Suns, he saw 14 minutes of action, shot 2-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line, and scored eight points.
In recent games, Augustin has shown more promise in his shooting. Overall, he’s still at only 35.8% from the floor. He definitely needs to take higher percentage shots and get his shooting accuracy up significantly. His free-throw shooting clip at 84.9% is decent. All he needs is to attack the basket more and get to the line more often. That would increase his point production significantly.
He has only started four games this season. In his career, Augustin has started 146 times. Don’t be surprised if Augustin makes some noise for the Pacers before the season ends. He definitely has the potential to be a game-changer.