NBA Rumors: Michael Redd to Indiana Pacers Is a Perfect Fit

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 18, 2011

MACAU, CHINA - JULY 31:  Michael Redd #8 of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team throws a pass against the Turkey National Team during the USA Basketball International Challenge exhibition game at the Coati Strip Cotai Arena July 31, 2008 in Macau, China.  (Photo by MN Chan/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Pacers have actually made some noise this offseason by swooping in to pick up former two-time NBA All-Star David West.  

They may not be done yet, either. Indiana seems to have the advantage for free agent shooting guard Michael Redd. It would be a perfect fit for the Pacers.

Redd is a low-risk, high-reward type of player.

He’s not going to ask for a ton of money given his injury issues. Redd has only played in all 82 games once in his 11-year NBA career. In the past three seasons, Redd has only played in 61 games.

His upside is exceptional if he can stay healthy. Redd is a career 20 point-per-game scorer.

He is the type of player that can take over games late with his ability to hit the outside shot. Redd has proved to be a dynamic outside shooter with the capabilities of getting hot at any moment in the game.

Indiana is already going to be a handful in the Eastern Conference. Danny Granger is an All-Star, averaging 21 points per game a season ago. Darren Collison is a capable point guard that will only get better in his third NBA season. He has the potential to be a 15 point and seven assist player this year.

Roy Hibbert averaged 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season. He also blocks two shots per game with his 7’2” 260-lb frame. Tyler Hansbrough, or the "Tim Tebow of the NBA," gives you maximum effort to go along with solid production. He averaged 11 points and five rebounds last season.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 22:  David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball around DeJuan Blair #45 of the San Antonio Spurs at the New Orleans Arena on January 22, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges an
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Throw West—a two-time NBA All-Star—in the mix, and you have a club that will make noise in the Eastern Conference. West averaged 19 points and eight rebounds last season with the New Orleans Hornets.

Redd would make the Pacers a legitimate team in the postseason, if he could stay healthy. His ability to spot-up from the perimeter and knock down jump shots would give the Pacers the shooting guard they were looking for.

Even if it wouldn’t work out, Indiana would still be a competitive team with or without Redd. His ceiling for this season triumphs the downfall. Indiana should give it a whirl.

Indiana will be a competitive team this season. They have a true center and point guard, two studs in Granger and West and Redd would make them a complete team.

I’d still take the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks over the Pacers, but Indiana would be in great position for the fifth seed.

Watch out for Indiana this season, especially if they acquire Redd.