. .this will get ugly.
Paul George is likely done for the year with a broken legand Stephenson is grazing in purpler pastures. Down their two greatest perimeter players on defense and offense, the Indiana Pacers are going to struggle in a large way.
Frank Vogel still has Roy Hibbert at the center, and George Hill will be among the NBA’s better defensive point guards. So getting stops should still be a strength for Indy, however, scoring will be demanding.
Remember, this team ranked 22nd in offensive performance this past year. After the All-Star break, only the Sixers’ scoring attack was less powerful, per NBA.com. Taking away two of Indiana’s three leading scorers is going to make it nearly impossible to get buckets at anything greater than a bottom-five pace.
Maybe Chris Copeland will elongate the floor with his shooting. Maybe Hibbert will turn into a bigger threat on the cube. David West could have yet another big year in him.
But even if all three of these things come to pass, it is hard to say they’ll make up for shedding George and Stephenson.
And in what may be the most terrifying harbinger of an offensive tragedy to come, Donald Sloan leads Indy in preseason points per game and will be the starter at point guard for up to three months while Hill’s left knee mends.
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