Fast approaching the halfway mark on the NBA's 2013-14 regular season, many teams are finding their stride. The Indiana Pacers, sitting atop the NBA's standings for yet another week, are one of those teams.
In a league where a flashy offensive play and highlight-reel alley-oop are preferred, Indiana has established itself as a defensive powerhouse, ranking atop the NBA in points allowed (88.3), opponent field-goal percentage (.410), opponent three-point field-goal percentage (.321) and point differential (9.0).
That said, enough about the team. Although Indiana loves to preach its "team first" mentality, there is always criticisms of individual players. And while Indiana has crafted a perfect chemistry among its starters, many still have flaws.
Moving forward, we'll grade the Pacers on their individual performances thus far in the season.
*All stats are accurate through games played on January 8, 2014.
(All stats featured are courtesy of ESPN.com.)