Indiana Pacers: Emerging Offense Will Help Keep Them Relevant in East

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 22, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04:  Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers moves against Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 4, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 80-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Pacers did not have the best start to their season.  With the absence of Danny Granger, their star player, they struggled to win in close games, failing to put teams away.  The struggles led to a rough 4-7 start.

Now, the Pacers are beginning to win once again.  They are now at 16-12, winning six of their last seven games.  With the success that they had last season, many expected the Pacers to be a potential threat in the Eastern conference.

Throughout the season, the Pacers have been playing with some great defense.  While their offense was one of the worst in the NBA, the defense ranked second in the league.

The Pacers are now beginning to find some offense, thanks to players stepping up.  While the bench still remains the biggest problem for them, the starters are beginning to become legitimate scoring threats.

Paul George is finally beginning to be the scorer the Pacers were hoping that he could be.  With Granger out, George was asked to become the main scorer for them.  While he doesn't lead the team in points per game, he is still second.  After averaging only 12 points per game last year, he is now averaging over 16 this year.

David West has become the main scorer for the Pacers this year.  With 17 points per game, the veteran has become a legitimate threat once again in the NBA.

After a struggle at the beginning of the year, Roy Hibbert is beginning to get comfortable again in the offense.  After some ugly games early on, Hibbert is back averaging over 10 points per game yet again.

George Hill is getting accustomed to receiving more playing time for the Pacers this year.  After splitting minutes with Darren Collison last year, the Pacers have asked Hill to play much more than he had been.  So far, Hill has played well, averaging 15 points per game.

These four players are helping the Pacers get back to their winning ways.  If this can continue, they could once again be a threat in the East.  With a great defense and an improving offense, the Pacers could make another run in the playoffs.