After sneaking into the playoffs in the 2010-2011 NBA Season and giving the top-ranked Chicago Bulls a strong fight in the first round, people expected the Pacers to be good, but not this good.
Bursting out of the gates at 17-7, the Pacers turned a lot of heads before a five-game losing streak. They righted the ship after the tough losing streak, however, and ended the first half of the shortened season at 21-12.
Many Indiana fans believe that now is the time, in an unusual season, for the Pacers to take a risk and go for it all, or at the very least, to add some depth. Although the 21-12 overall record has been the most impressive part of the team's season, the five-game skid has been the most telling. Missing their offensive spark-plug George Hill due to injury, it became evident that the Pacers had a bench that had a hard time scoring.
Hill has returned, but the Pacers could still use some scoring off the bench and, for the right price, a consistent scorer in the starting lineup. With one win over the Bulls in Chicago already this year, Larry Bird, his young coach and his young team are confident they can make a run.
Here are five deals that could make the Indiana Pacers immediate conference contenders in the East.