Like many pro sports teams, the Indiana Pacers have figured out technology.
The Pacers organization is constantly engaging fans on Facebook and Twitter. Almost all of the players on the current roster have a Twitter, and even GM Kevin Pritchard (@nbakev) has one. They offer giveaways, keep fans engaged with updates and news and make fans feel closer to the players through social media.
Last season, the Pacers even released three shirts with different players Twitter handles on them. There are Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer), Paul George (@King24George) and George Hill (@George_Hill3) shirts with their handles, instead of their names, on the back being sold in Naptown.
So with Twitter fever in Indiana and people still excited about the Pacers—both from last season's playoff run and their busy summer—I thought I'd embrace the excitement.
Using the current (likely) roster of 12 players, I have given a summary of the summer questions or outlooks for each player, in 140 characters or less.
Danny Ganger: Can Danny lead a team to a title as #1 option? Must raise his shooting percentage, and fg selection. Sub-par season may put him on trading block.
Paul George: King George looked uneasy in second round. Huge season for Paul. More consistent outside shot and better decision needed. Sure can dunk though.
George Hill: Got big contract and starting PG job. Ran with starting job late last year. Cut down TOs, kept teammates involved. Indy loves hometown kid.
David West: Second year of two-year contract. Got better as season went on and got healthier. Expecting even better season from DWest. Might get big money next summer.
Gerald Green: Unsure about new sixth man. Tons of talent, but couldn't get real PT 'til sixth year in NBA? NJ apparently loved him. Who can dunk better GG or PG?
D.J. Augustin: DJ better backup than DC? Not as quick. Better shooter. Better at involving teammates. Great FT shooter. Only one-year contract. Solid backup PG.
Miles Plumlee: Many in Pacerland not happy with pick. Looked solid in summer league. Hustle player. Strange haircut. Not bad short range jumper. We'll see.
Lance Stephenson: Born Ready finally ready? Looked more mature in summer ball. Could take over backup PG or SG if plays smart. Talent to be really good.
Tyler Hansbrough: Tyler still a Pacer on opening night? I truly hope so. Love his energy, too predictable though. Needs to travel less and get stronger inside.
Ian Mahinmi: Like the potential as backup to Roy, but overpaid. $16 million/four years too much. Needs to be very aggressive on glass with second unit. Any points a +.
Jeff Pendergraph: Don't expect to see much Pendergraph again this season, but last year, in limited minutes, showed a lot of spark and jumpability.
Summary: Best I could do in 140. Leave me your <140 thoughts. More in-depth look throughout offseason. Follow me on Twitter, even though I'm not a Pacer.
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