Pacers Will Hand Point Guard Duties to Malcolm Brogdon

Pacers Will Hand Point Guard Duties to Malcolm Brogdon

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Pacers Will Hand Point Guard Duties to Malcolm Brogdon

In the 2019-20 season, the Indiana Pacers are counting on Malcolm Brogdon to be their starting point guard. What does Brogdon think of that role?

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INDIANAPOLISOf all the holes the Pacers knew they had to fill this offseason, Nate McMillan makes it crystal clear of what he thinks was the biggest.

 

“I thought that point guard was the most important position to sign,” McMillan after the Pacers made their significant moves of the offseason.

 

Seeing what the Pacers decided to give up for Malcolm Brogdon backs up McMillan’s comments.

 

Indiana sent the Bucks a first-round pick and a pair of second-round selections to unlock that restricted free agent stranglehold that Milwaukee had on their former second-round pick.

 

Then, the Pacers gave Brogdon a new 4-year, $85 million deal.

 

“To be able to bring Malcolm on board it feels like the perfect fit for this organization going into the future, getting this guard combination of Malcolm and Victor (Oladipo),” McMillan says.

 

“(Brogdon) checks all the boxes for us, when we talk about character, leadership. He’s a pro. He’s a 2-way player and an outstanding guard.”

 

The Pacers will hand Brogdon the ball as their point guard.

 

While Indiana likes the versatility of Brogdon, and knows full well he can play off the ball, they want his headiness on the ball to start games.

 

With the Bucks, Brogdon was not frequently used as the team’s point guard. But he did average 3.6 assists per game off the ball, to go along with his 12.8 points per game in three seasons with Milwaukee.

 

Even though Brogdon will have the ‘PG’ label next to him in Indiana, he knows that deferring to Victor Oladipo, and playing a more complementary role at times, will be something the coaches ask for from him.

 

At 6-5 and 229 pounds, Brogdon doesn’t have the typical point guard frame and isn’t known for his explosive first step.

 

But when the Pacers talked about improving at point guard this offseason, Kevin Pritchard pointed to going down the more ‘traditional’ route.

 

Brogdon’s game is much more than a pass first point guard.

 

“I think point guard is my best position,” Brogdon says. “Just being able to make decisions, being able to influence what happens on the floor and bringing guys together and leading them to win, I think my IQ and my versatility which turns into winning games, I think those are my strong assets.

 

“You can look at my three percentage, you can look at whatever people want to say, but I think it’s my IQ and my ability to win and bring a team together is my strongest asset.”

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