Were the Indiana Pacers a feel-good flash in the pan or are they here to stay as an Eastern Conference power?
In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Pacers.
Indiana quietly took the Eastern Conference by storm last season, only to be washed away by the Miami Heat. Despite having a perfectly-balanced starting five, they just didn't have the firepower to hang on.
Will quiet, yet inspired acquisitions of D.J. Augustin, Gerald Green and Ian Mahinmi be anything more than lateral moves?
How much will Roy Hibbert and Paul George develop, and can they justify the contract and expectations, respectively? Do George Hill, David West and Danny Granger have any room left to grow as players?
Is this the year that Indy can finally wrest the Central Division away from the Chicago Bulls? Most importantly, are the Pacers already being passed by the headlining changes of the "frantic Atlantic" Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers?
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