The Indiana regular season begins tonight in Toronto as the Pacers take on the Raptors without veteran small forward Danny Granger.
Look for offseason acquisition Gerald Green to try to pick up the slack left by Granger’s absence.
Your starting five should be George Hill at point guard, who played well enough towards the end of last season that the Pacers saw to extend his contract and trade Darren Collison for some much-needed depth, particularly with the addition of Center Ian Mahinmi.
Other starters should include Paul George and Gerald Green on the wings in addition to David West and Roy Hibbert down low.
What should Pacer fans be watching for? How can the Pacers be expected to make up for the nearly 19 points a game Danny Granger scored? Should we look for George Hill to take some additional shots? We should certainly see a heavy dose of David West and Roy Hibbert. Expect contributions from D.J. Augustin off the bench, who is certainly a starting caliber point guard.
I’m particularly interested in the development of Paul George and Roy Hibbert. Paul George struggled to score down the stretch last year and Roy Hibbert had foul trouble quite often.
Much like the Dallas Mavericks, it’s going to be difficult to judge a team missing a key component, but the Toronto Raptors are in no way to be mistaken for the Los Angeles Lakers.