September 19, 2018, 10:34 amKyle O'Quinn - C/F - Indiana Pacers
In an interview with NBA.com, Pacers’ President Kevin Pritchard said that Kyle O'Quinn was not promised a place in the rotation during his recruitment.
Here is the exact quote: "We don't know if you're going to play a minute or 500 minutes, but there's a role that Al Jefferson held last year that was a tremendous role for us that's so important." This makes the O’Quinn signing even more interesting as it appears that he signed up to be the back up man in an already crowed frontcourt. Big Al managed to play 13.4 minutes across 36 appaerances last season and that was mainly due to Myles Turner missing multiple games due to injuries. KOQ usually has late-round value even in standard leagues but with him being stuck behind Turner, Sabonis and Young there won’t be many minutes left for him.
September 16, 2018, 1:01 pmDoug McDermott - F - Indiana Pacers
Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard thinks Doug McDermott can be an elite player away from the ball with his movement and cutting.
Pritchard was really gushing about McDermott, "moving and occupying defenders' minds, and then you've got a two-man game of Tyreke and Domantas on one side and Doug coming off screens. You have to dial into that. If you're not dialed into Doug, he's going to shoot and we want him to shoot a lot." It seems like Pritchard is a big fan of McDermott's game and that might translate into him being quite sleeper come draft day.
September 14, 2018, 4:53 pmBojan Bogdanovic - F/G - Indiana Pacers
Bojan Bogdanovic led Croatia with 22 points (four 3s) and added three assists and three rebounds in Friday’s 84-83 loss to Lithuania in the FIBA World Qualifiers.
Croatia plays a spread-style offense so it was no surprise to see Bojan get off. He finished last season in the top-110 in 9-cat, and though the Pacers added Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott this summer, they need his spacing so Bogdanovic should be able to approximate similar value this season. Dario Saric added 15 points, Ivica Zubac chipped in 11 points while Ante Zizic managed just six points for Croatia in the loss.
September 5, 2018, 11:58 amBen Moore - F - Indiana Pacers
Free agent forward Ben Moore has reached agreement with the Pacers on a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.
Moore is one of 14 players participating in the USA’s World Qualifying Team training camp this week. The 6’8” forward out of SMU was in training camp with Indiana last year after going undrafted and signed a two-way deal with the team in January. He has appeared in just two games so far and is simply a prospect.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
April 25, 2018, 10:37 pmThaddeus Young - PF - Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added six rebounds and an assist in the Pacers' close loss to the Cavs on Wednesday night.
Count Young among those that showed up for this uber-important Game 5 tilt. Unfortunately for Indiana, it wasn't quite enough. Thad has stepped up in two straight games despite consecutive losses, grabbing 16 boards and adding three steals and two blocks in Game 3 and then scoring with efficiency in Game 4. He also had a huge defensive play in the final minute, causing a LeBron James turnover with his active hands. It was all for naught but the Pacers can rely on Young to perform in Friday's must-win affair.
April 25, 2018, 10:31 pmVictor Oladipo - SG - Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo came away with 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in the Pacers’ 98-95 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday night.
That’s now two games in a row that Oladipo has struggled to get it going and both times, Indiana suffered a narrow defeat. In his last two, Oladipo has shot just 7-for-35, hitting only 20 percent of his shots. In a series this close, the Pacers need their star to be even just slightly more efficient to get the job done. VO helped elsewhere with his rebounding and only turned the ball over twice but Indiana needs him to shoot somewhere close to 50 percent on Friday night to force a Game 7.
April 25, 2018, 10:26 pmDomantas Sabonis - C - Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis tallied a team-high 22 points and added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in the Pacers' painful Game 5 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday night.
On a night where the Pacers' star couldn't get it going and several other starters struggled with foul trouble, Sabonis stepped up in a big way and nearly carried Indiana to a 4th quarter comeback victory. Even though the Pacers fell short, Domantas showed that his post game is no joke, hitting 8-of-12 from the floor. Their starting Center, Myles Turner, logged only 21 minutes and came away with eight points, three rebounds and two blocks. The Pacers will need big games from both in Friday's Game 6.
April 23, 2018, 12:06 amVictor Oladipo - SG - Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo will be kicking himself after shooting 5-of-20 in Sunday's 100-104 loss, finishing with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
Indiana's ball movement really slowed down in the fourth, though it shouldn't be pinned on Oladipo. The likely MIP winner was blanketed (to the extent that the Cavs can blanket someone) and Cleveland tried their darnedest to make other players beat them tonight. He missed some shots that he'd normally make and the Pacers dropped a winnable contest at home that could change this series dramatically. We'd bet on a bounceback showing in Game 5.