One could compare the Indiana Pacers to the general area that the franchise represents.
They are a modest, blue-collar, hard-working group with no standout superstars or petulant divas. Like many in the Midwest and Indiana, this collection of young men brings its figurative lunch pail to work and grinds out tough days—or wins in their case.
The team has been improving drastically in recent years, which stems from its decision to build from a steady foundation of homegrown talent, rather than reaching out to poach stars in free agency.
During the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, the Pacers were able to put together a 42-24 record, good for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Despite the impressive season, Indiana flew under the radar until it took a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs.
While the Pacers eventually fell 4-2—a mere speed bump in the Heat’s path to the 2012 championship—they earned invaluable experience and got up close and personal with an opponent they will surely see many more times in the postseason.
Let’s take a look at the moves the Indiana Pacers decided to make in the offseason in order to make it through the regular season and get back to the playoffs as a top seed. We’ll also check out their depth chart, the strengths and weaknesses of their roster, take a peek at some storylines concerning the organization, make a prediction for their final record and much more.