Taking a look at the best and worst-case scenario for the Indiana Pacers heading into the 2019-20 NBA season after an offseason defined by change
The 2019 offseason was one that brought a lot of change and several new faces to Indianapolis. The Indiana Pacers lost seven key players from last season, and with that brought seven new Pacers to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 2019-20 season. And all this means one thing for the Indiana Pacers: this will be a very interesting season.
The Pacers lost three players that made up their starting 5 for the better part of the last two seasons. They saw Bojan Bogdanovic, a guy who took a huge step last season, head West to the Utah Jazz. Their captain, Thad Young, joined the division rival Chicago Bulls. And their rock-solid point guard Darren Collison retired after 10 very strong years in the league. Wesley Matthews, who served as a starter in place of the injured Victor Oladipo left for Milwaukee, and they also saw some key bench players depart the team in Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans.
Indiana wasted no time in filling those voids, bringing in guys they felt were the missing pieces they needed to take the next step in the Eastern Conference. They signed Jeremy Lamb to start in Vic’s absence while he rehabs from his season-ending knee injury, Malcolm Brogdon was acquired in a sign and trade with the Bucks, and TJ Warren came over from Phoenix on a draft-night trade. Shortly thereafter, they signed TJ McConnell and Justin Holiday to provide a spark off the bench.
With all of this change comes room for both success and failure. The Pacers hope that these new players will fit in seamlessly with the guys that remain from last year’s roster. If they do just that, this team could do special things this season. Let’s take a look at the best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, and likely scenario for the Indiana Pacers 2019-20 season.