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The Indiana Pacers had one of the worst benches in the league during the 2012-13 season.
According to Hoopsstats.com, only the Portland Trail Blazers scored fewer points off the pine than the Pacers' 24.1. Indiana also had the worst bench field-goal percentage in the NBA and finished ahead of just Rip City in terms of efficiency recap difference (a rudimentary box-score metric designed to show a team's overall performance).
Part of the problem was D.J. Augustin, who seemed determined to prove that he wasn't only incapable of being a starter, but also a primary backup. As shown by NBA.com's statistical databases, the Pacers scored 6.3 fewer points per 100 possessions and allowed 2.6 more when Augustin was on the court.
C.J. Watson will help change that.
The stoic point guard struggled with his shot at times during his final go-around with the Brooklyn Nets, but his offensive abilities still remained valuable because he's a capable dribbler who minimizes mistakes. If he plays alongside Paul George, that will be crucial, because the breakout swingman often coughs the ball up too much when he serves as the primary ball-handler.
Watson's two-year deal allows him to provide some stability to a bench in dire need of some direction. The same can be said for Chris Copeland, the forward who agreed to a two-year deal worth $6.12 million.
Copeland struggled defensively at times during his rookie season with the New York Knicks, but that can be masked by the strength of the Indiana roster on that end of the court. More relevant is his energy and offensive ability.
The Colorado product was a per-minute stud in 2012-13, averaging 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc. His PER of 16.8 shows just how valuable he was to the Knicks' efforts.
Copeland and Watson will both help shore up the second unit, ensuring that there isn't as much of a drop-off this year when the starters catch their breath.