Early Look At Potential Pacers Lineup For 2019-20 Season

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Early Look At Potential Pacers Lineup For 2019-20 Season

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Early Look At Potential Pacers Lineup For 2019-20 Season

What does an early 2019-20 lineup look like for Nate McMillan and the Indiana Pacers?

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INDIANAPOLISThe ‘running it back’ plan that the Indiana Pacers had coming out of last offseason was not followed again this summer.

 

Indiana has made wholesale changes to its roster going into the 2019-20 season.

 

Outside of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, no player is returning who took part in all 4 postseason games last year. None of the team’s 7 free agents will be back in a Pacers uniform this season.

 

For now, let’s take a look at a potential lineup with Victor Oladipo healthy, and one without him on the floor:

Oladipo not healthy (Kevin Pritchard has said Oladipo could miss a chunk of the 2019-20 season):

PG: Malcolm Brogdon (26), Aaron Holiday (22), T.J. McConnell (27)
SG: Jeremy Lamb (27), Edmond Sumner (23)
SF: T.J. Warren (25), Doug McDermott (27)
PF: Domantas Sabonis (23), T.J. Leaf (22)/Alize Johnson (23)
C: Myles Turner (23), Goga Bitadze (19)

 

Notes:

 

-A major scoring burden will fall on the shoulders of Brogdon and Lamb, until Oladipo returns. Neither guy has ever been looked at as the first or second scoring option in previous stops.

 

-Even though the Pacers have never been too inclined to switch many defensive assignments, the new-look roster has some interchangeable bodies in the 6-4 to 6-8 range. Might some different personnel allow for more of that in 2019-20?

 

-We remain under the impression that the Pacers think Sabonis and Turner can start together. While Warren can play some minutes at the 4, Indiana didn’t really add a ‘true 4’ this summer.

 

-One note looking ahead for the Pacers: they have zero unrestricted free agents next summer. Johnson and Sabonis are the restricted free agents in 2020. The Pacers have a team option on Leaf for the 2020 season.

 

Oladipo healthy
PG: Malcolm Brogdon (26), Aaron Holiday (22), T.J. McConnell (27)
SG: Victor Oladipo (27), Jeremy Lamb (27), Edmond Sumner (23)
SF: T.J. Warren (25), Doug McDermott (27)
PF: Domantas Sabonis (23), T.J. Leaf (22)/Alize Johnson (23)
C: Myles Turner (23), Goga Bitadze (19)

 

Notes:

 

-Isn’t it crazy that Victor Oladipo is currently the second oldest Pacers player (Doug McDermott is the oldest by a few months)? This team has gotten much younger in a hurry with its summer moves. The large majority of its core is built to be together for the next 3-ish years.

 

-Lamb would probably viewed as the top scoring option off the bench and could play a few spots. When Indiana goes away from their ‘2 big’ lineup, that could push a guy like Warren into the 4 spot for some stretches, with Lamb seeing action at the small forward position. The Pacers are definitely without a lot of proven depth at PG, PF and C.

 

-One concern that is there for the Pacers: Who is your wing defender for the better teams in the East? Brogdon is just 6-5 and had success defending Kawhi Leonard last year in the playoffs, but he will be really needed offensively that it's hard to imagine him routinely guarding the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons or one of Boston’s bigger wings.

 

-In both of these lineup combinations, it’s clear that the Pacers really need for some early contributions from their young big man draft picks: Bitadze, Leaf, and Johnson.

 

 

Here’s a look at where Indiana’s own free agents this summer ended up:

 

-Bojan Bogdanovic (Jazz)
-Darren Collison (retired)
-Tyreke Evans (suspended)
-Cory Joseph (Kings)
-Wesley Matthews (Bucks)
-Kyle O’Quinn (76ers)
-Thaddeus Young (Bulls)
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