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The Indiana Pacers exceeded expectations last season and reached the second round of the playoffs before losing to the juggernaut Miami Heat in six games. Indiana showed that it will continue to compete in the Eastern Conference for years to come with a complete, balanced roster that showcases no major holes.
In the draft, the Pacers used the their only pick, No. 26 overall, to select center Miles Plumlee. Plumlee will not drastically affect this team right away but will add depth and stability to the interior for the Pacers bench featuring Kyle Fesenko and Lou Amundson.
The series against the Miami Heat taught us that Indiana has no super stars to carry its offense and without them, this team will be destined for third and fourth place finishes in the Eastern Conference for years to come. Expect this team to be in the playoffs for the foreseeable future but not in the NBA Finals with this current roster.
The Pacers have talent at every position but lack the one key scorer to take this team over the playoff hump and if the Pacers want to remain in our top 10 they must retain restricted free-agent center Roy Hibbert, who has reached a verbal agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers.