How many NBA teams are in need of depth to finish out the regular season?
It may be hard to pinpoint how many teams exactly, given the brutal, contracted league schedule, but one position that teams look to fill around this time of the season is for frontcourt depth.
One team looking to add another big body to their roster is the Indiana Pacers. The young Pacers are looking to clinch a playoff berth and are making sure their roster contains the appropriate amount of depth.
Especially for a team such as the Indiana Pacers who are looking to make the postseason after missing out in previous years. With Roy Hibbert as their starting center and no wily veteran to come off the bench, the Pacers reached out to the best possible candidate.
After chronic back problems forced longtime Pacer center Jeff Foster to retire midseason, the Pacers are expected to add free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko, according to Sam Amick of SI.com, citing "a source close to the situation."
Foster made his mark in the NBA as a player who always did the little things on the court that did not always show up on the box score. Whether it was grabbing a key rebound, scoring a timely basket, or diving on the floor for the loose ball, Foster showed willingness to do the dirty work in Utah.
Fesenko spent four seasons with the Utah Jazz, where he went from being a raw big man to a big man that showed the potential to improve his game. So, for the time being, the Pacers are hoping that the big Ukrainian can help them out in a similar fashion as Foster did.
Hopefully Fesenko will be able to contribute in a positive manner in Indiana behind Hibbert, Louis Amundson and Jeff Pendergraph. It will be interesting to see how Fesenko has recovered from the knee injury he suffered while playing international basketball in his native Ukraine.