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News » Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2008-08-29


Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2008-08-29


Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2008-08-29
DRAFT PICKS:

Roy Hibbert, C, 7-2, Georgetown -- Drafted by Toronto but will be sent to the Pacers as part of the Jermaine O'Neal trade when it becomes finalized July 9. Hibbert is considered a fundamentally sound big man who is known more for his defense than his offense. He will immediately help the Pacers' horrendous defense.

Brandon Rush, G/F, 6-6, Kansas -- Was drafted by Portland at No. 13 but sent to the Pacers for Jerryd Bayless and forward Ike Diogu. Rush can shoot from long distance, he's a good rebounder and can play multiple positions. He'll team with Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy to give the Pacers a solid three-man rotation at the swingman spot.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Pacers addressed a lot of needs with two big trades; the next step is to fit the pieces together. One piece that probably doesn't fit, with G T.J. Ford on board, is G Jamaal Tinsley.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Pacers aren't scheduled to lose any significant free agents off their roster this summer.

PLAYER NOTES:

--Newly-acquired G T.J. Ford is looking to fill the leadership void left when Jermaine O'Neal was traded to Toronto in late June.

Ford, who was part of the deal that sent O'Neal to the Raptors, has not only been a regular at Conseco Fieldhouse in the offseason, he's also reached out to his new teammates to encourage them to join him at the gym. The Pacers have about eight players, which is a high number for this time of year, working out on a regular basis at the Fieldhouse.

--G Marquis Daniels, a 25 percent three-point shooter in his career, has been working on his jump shot with former NBA player Mark Price, a 47 percent shooter in his career, in Atlanta this offseason.

Daniels, who relies on his athleticism to get to the basket, is will likely be battling rookie Brandon Rush for the third swingman position behind starters Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy.

--F Shawne Williams didn't commit a major infraction when he was given a window tint and seat belt violation late last month, according to team co-owner Herb Simon.

What Williams did, however, was continue to put a franchise that's trying to clean up its image back in the negative light when a friend of his was arrested for having a small amount of marijuana during the traffic stop.

"The perception is worse than what really happened, but it's still bad for us," Simon said. "To us, any infraction is one too many, and he knows that. Like Larry (Bird) said, he's already skating on thin ice."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 29, 2008

 

 
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