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Orlando Johnson (R) will compete for minutes at the 2-guard spot.
Donald Sloan's 2012-13 averages: 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.0 blocks, 0.2 steals
Donald who? Donald Sloan, the Pacers' third point guard, that's who.
Sloan has played in a total of 56 games with three different teams in two seasons. Apparently, he has played well enough in his most recent NBA stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012-13 to merit a roster spot with Indiana.
Just to give you an idea, Cleveland assistant coach Nate Tibbetts says that Sloan can "change the game" with his defense and "does a real good job"of finding shooters.
He did show some potential in the Pacers' 2013 training camp in Orlando, but had a penchant for turning the ball over.
Let's hope he keeps this in check in the regular season.
Ian Mahinmi's 2012-13 averages: 5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals
Mahinmi did a respectable job of filling in for Roy Hibbert when the latter struggled in the early going of last season.
However, when Hibbert got into a groove after the All-Star break, Mahinmi virtually disappeared. At least Mahinmi did make his presence felt in the playoffs against the Knicks and Heat in terms of his defense and rebounding.
As 2012-13 came to a conclusion, he wound up with sub-par stats that Pacers fans hope he improves upon in the upcoming season.
He does show some hustle whenever he hits the floor. If he will shine on defense even more and exploit his ability to knock down the medium-range jumper, he should flourish as Hibbert's main backup.
Unless he does otherwise, expect him to languish near the bottom of the player rankings.
Orlando Johnson's 2012-13 averages: 4.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals
Johnson is an intriguing two-guard for the Indiana Pacers.
According to Pacers.com's Mark Montieth, Johnson was Indiana's best three-point shooter in January and February 2013. During that span, he went 18-of-36 (.500).
Not bad for a rookie.
Johnson was also 6-of-11 on his three-point attempts during the Pacers' memorable West Coast road trip sweep in late March, per Montieth.
Plus, he runs the floor well and plays decent defense.
This simply tells us Johnson has the potential to shine in 2013-14. Last year, he was a project. Now, he figures to assume a role similar to what Byron Scott had with the Pacers in the mid-1990s in being a reliable shooter off the bench.
This is what Johnson implied when he told Scott Agness of the Pacers' official website on Sept. 6 that he is "trying to be an impact player."
With a slimmer and more explosive Johnson in tow, that goal shouldn't be too far-fetched.