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News » Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-10-18


Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-10-18


Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-10-18ANALYZING STARTERS:

G T.J. Ford wants to redeem himself for an up-and-down first season in Indiana. The lightning-quick point guard, who likes to keep the ball in his hands, struggled to grasp coach Jim O'Brien's pass-first offense. Ford believes he'll have a better handle on things this season.

G Brandon Rush is the team's most versatile player for the position. He's capable of averaging 15 points a game while also defending the opposing team's best perimeter player. Rush has little room to slip because coach Jim O'Brien won't hesitate to start Dahntay Jones if he struggles.

F Danny Granger finished fifth in the league in scoring last season. He likely won't average 25 points again this season, but he spent the offseason working on his isolation game. The biggest change you'll notice in Granger this season is his recommitment to the defensive end of the court.

F Troy Murphy became the first player in NBA history to finish in the top five in rebounding (second) and three-point percentage (third) in the same season last season. He's averaged a double-double in four of his eight seasons in the NBA.

C Roy Hibbert wants to be the team's low-post threat. He's got the offensive ability to do it, but he has to learn how to keep his fouls down. The second-year center had a difficult time getting extended minutes during his rookie season because he couldn't stay out of foul trouble.

ANALYZING KEY RESERVES:

G Earl Watson will complement starter T.J. Ford because his primary focus is to slow down the opposing team's point guard. Watson, who was told up front that he would be Ford's backup, prefers to get his teammates involved before looking for his own shot.

G Dahntay Jones started 71 games last season on a Denver team that reached the Western Conference Finals. He'll defend the other team's best perimeter player the second he steps on the court. Jones could end up starting at shooting guard if Brandon Rush has problems.

F Jeff Foster has never been flashy during his 10-year career with the Pacers. Foster, the team's best blue-collar worker, takes pride in defending, rebounding and sacrificing his body for loose balls.

MEDICAL WATCH:

G Mike Dunleavy (knee) is out indefinitely after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation on his right knee. He's not expected to start practicing until sometime in November. Dunleavy had surgery on his knee last March.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 18, 2009

 

 
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