Indiana Pacers: 5 Reasons to Believe the Pacers Will Compete in the East

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Indiana Pacers: 5 Reasons to Believe the Pacers Will Compete in the East
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As the lockout ended this past December and the NBA season got officially underway, the Indiana Pacers began gaining some significant notoriety.

They have a respectable amount of cap space, signed a bunch of free agents, and they played tough in their playoff matchup against a far superior Chicago Bulls team last summer.

The Pacers are a "young up-and-comer" by most analysts' accounts and a win-win sleeper pick in a shortened season.

While the free-agent pickup of David West started turning heads in Indiana, the attention the Pacers are now getting is the culmination of something that started back in January 2011. 

Let's take a look at all that has transpired, and why the Pacers should be taken seriously as a contender in the East. 

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