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News » Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-04-27

Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-04-27

Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-04-27
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Forward Danny Granger's numbers said it all. Granger, who averaged 25.8 points a game, became the first player in league history to increase his scoring average by at least five points in three straight seasons. He had 36 games of at least 25 points.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Point guard T.J. Ford finished third on the team in scoring, but he struggled grasping coach Jim O'Brien's pass-oriented system. Ford's constant pounding of the ball and forced shots led to him being demoted to backup point guard in late March.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Pacers have five free agents. Forward Maceo Baston, forward Josh McRoberts, center Rasho Nesterovic and guard Stephen Graham are all unrestricted free agents. Guard Jarrett Jack is restricted. Jack is the most likely to get re-signed. He said wants to remain a Pacer and team president Larry Bird said earlier in the season that their intentions are to re-sign him.


--F Danny Granger made 182 three-pointers, which was the third-highest in a single-season in Pacers history. His total was the most by any player since Reggie Miller made a franchise record 229 during the 1996-97 season. Granger made 40 percent of his three-point attempts this season.

--F Troy Murphy moved past Clark Kellogg in the team's record book again. Murphy finished with 861 rebounds, which surpassed Kellogg's previous record of 860 rebounds. Murphy also moved ahead of Kellogg for most double-doubles in a season. He had 49 double-doubles. Murphy's career season will likely increase his trade value this summer. The Pacers could use a rugged player that can score in the low post to compliment the team's perimeter players.

--G Brandon Rush won't have to worry about losing his starting position if the final month of the season was any indication. Rush, who dealt with confidence issues early in the season, averaged 18.3 points in the final 10 games. Coach Jim O'Brien believes the starting shooting guard position is Rush's to lose next season. Rush should even keep the position when Mike Dunleavy returns from his knee injury, which likely won't be until some time in 2010.


--G Mike Dunleavy (knee) is expected to be out until at least January 2010 after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his right patellar tendon and then had the tendon repaired in March in Colorado.

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