Point Guard Play Will be Important For Indiana Pacers Next Season
Last season, starting point guard George Hill didn’t have too bad a season for the Indiana Pacers. The “Hometown Hero” put up 14.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. However, backup point guard D.J. Augustin didn’t necessarily do the best. Augustin only put up 4.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 rebounds a game.
Luckily, Augustin is now on the Toronto Raptors and the Pacers have a new backup PG. His name is C.J. Watson.
Last season with the Brooklyn Nets, Watson put up 6.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds a game. So you would think point guard play would be better for Indiana next season, and they should hope that too. As you can see from the numbers, both of Indiana’s point guards can put up pretty good numbers without much problems.
There was one problem with Hill last season, though. When Hill brought up the ball, it was near chaos. He seemed to have a problem when his opponents pressured him, leading to bad passes and subsequent turnovers. It doesn’t show on the stat sheets as he is a low-turnover kind of guy over his career, but head coach Frank Vogel obviously saw the issue during the playoffs.
During Indiana’s playoff run, Vogel would at times have guard Lance Stephenson and/or forward Paul George bring the ball up. So obviously, things go a little more smoothly when Hill doesn’t bring up the ball. Besides that, Hill is a very solid guard and should have yet another good season with the Pacers next season.
On the other hand, it’s unclear how Watson will fit in.
Everyone was thinking that Augustin would work out in Indiana as he was a pretty good player with the Charlotte Bobcats, and that obviously didn’t go according to plan. Watson has a little more experience (both regular season and playoffs) and has put up good numbers for the three teams he’s played for. Indiana’s bench will need some leadership with all the new pieces, so hopefully Watson works out and isn’t as bad as Augustin was.
Indiana’s point guard crew isn’t drastically improved from last season, but when it played well together then, it generally led to a win. I assume that’s how it will be next season, so if Indiana can get good production from the point guards this season, they should see success.
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