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Indiana Pacers rookie Solomon Hill loses possession of the ball in the Oct. 5 preseason game against the Chicago Bulls.
11. Solomon Hill
As mentioned earlier, rookie Solomon Hill has impressed the Pacers' veterans, most notably power forward David West and new franchise player George Hill.
The early consensus on Hill is his maturity and versatility. Pacers.com's Mark Montieth described his game as "mature" and "complete."
George offered a more comprehensive take.
He plays the game beyond his years. He can do everything. He can defend, he can shoot the ball, he can create for himself, he can rebound. I think he'll surprise some people.
Hill has certainly impressed. The bigger questions looms: can he keep it up? Rookies typically hit a wall around 50 games into the season.
If Hill consistently contributes around eight points and four rebounds per game while seeing time at both shooting guard and small forward, his star should rise as the season goes on.
12. Ian Mahinmi
More than anything else, the 2013-14 season should serve as redemption for Ian Mahinmi.
He started off on an okay note in 2012-13 while Roy Hibbert struggled early on. When the latter got his game going, Mahinmi disappeared.
Hibbert is going to have off-nights like everybody else, and Mahinmi needs to step up as the Pacers' No. 2 man at center. He did spring back to life defensively in the playoffs against the Heat in last year's postseason, which Indiana needs more of.
If his play continues to be at the level it was last season, then he will consistently find himself at the tail end of Indiana's player power rankings.
Better yet, the Pacers may be better off trading Mahinmi if they feel they're not getting a good return on the $4 million they're investing in him yearly.
13. Donald Sloan
The unknown commodity at point guard.
Sloan was an intriguing pickup by the Pacers. In a recent interview with dSource TV on YouTube, he talked about his role with Indiana.
Guys are gonna bring it every day, fighting for minutes. My role is getting in the game, you know, kind of speed up the guards. Pick 'em up 94 feet and be aggressive on 'em. Create...leave guys open, and find 'em.
Sloan averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 assists per game in 20 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012-13. As the Pacers' third point guard behind George Hill and C.J. Watson, he figures to put up the same numbers this season.
In Indiana's preseason games, Sloan has shown some promise in his playmaking skills, which should only get better with more playing time. The knock on him is his spotty shooting (34.6 percent from the field last year).
If he can improve this aspect of his game, he should become a bigger asset.