Pacers 2016 NBA Draft Preview: Part 2

Welcome to the iPacers.com Pacers draft preview! This is the second part of a 4-part series, detailing 20 options for the 20th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. To get my 20 options, I reviewed 31 different mock drafts and found 17 different players that were picked for the Pacers at the 20th spot; I also added three more potential options to make it an even 20 that were often mentioned around the Pacers range.

I’ve noted each players “Mock Draft Range,” which is the highest and lowest the player was picked and “Mock Draft Average,” which is the average spot each player was selected in the mocks. Anytime a player wasn’t selected in a mock draft, I assigned their selection at 35 (Some mock drafts included second rounds, while others did not). If the average pick was over 30, then I put their mock average at 2nd-round.

I’ve included some short analysis on each player with two reasons to draft them and two reasons to pass. For more detailed analysis, I’ve posted videos from Draft Express that detail their strengths and weaknesses along with highlights.

In the second part, we’ll look at the following players: Damian Jones, Diamond Stone, Juan Hernangomez, Malachi Richardson, and Taurean Prince. If you missed part one (Tyler Ulis, Brice Johnson, Wade Baldwin IV, Demetrius Jackson, and Domantas Sabonis), it can be found hereContinue reading Pacers 2016 NBA Draft Preview: Part 2

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The NBA is rigged? Stephen Jackson and Metta World Peace have something to say about that

If you watched game six of the NBA Finals last night and enjoy basketball Twitter, you probably saw Ayesha Curry’s tweet that got over 80,000 RTs and 70,000 likes before she finally deleted it. In her frustration during what apparently was a difficult night (besides just the game), she tweeted out that the “NBA is rigged!” in response to her husband fouling out. Today, the infamous duo of the Malice at the Palice, Metta World Peace, the player formerly known as Ron Artest, and Stephen Jackson, were the voices of reason on the subject. Seriously.

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Warning: Both videos contain vulgar language.  Continue reading The NBA is rigged? Stephen Jackson and Metta World Peace have something to say about that

Pacers 2016 NBA Draft Preview: Part 1

Welcome to the iPacers.com Pacers draft preview! This will be a 4-part series, detailing 20 options for the 20th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. To get my 20 options, I reviewed 31 different mock drafts and found 17 different players that were picked for the Pacers at the 20th spot; I also added three more potential options to make it an even 20 that were often mentioned around the Pacers range.

I’ve noted each players “Mock Draft Range,” which is the highest and lowest the player was picked and “Mock Draft Average,” which is the average spot each player was selected in the mocks. Anytime a player wasn’t selected in a mock draft, I assigned their selection at 35 (Some mock drafts included second rounds, while others did not). If the average pick was over 30, then I put their mock average at 2nd-round.

I’ll also include some short analysis on each player with videos from Draft Express that detail their strengths and weaknesses along with highlights.

Today, we’ll look at the 5 players that came up the most often at the 20th pick in review of these various mock drafts: Tyler Ulis, Brice Johnson, Domantas Sabonis, Demetrius Jackson, & Wade Baldwin IV.  Continue reading Pacers 2016 NBA Draft Preview: Part 1

CONFIRMED: Paul George is the cover athlete for NBA 2K17

UPDATE: 9:10 PM EST 2K has confirmed via their feed of their “Road to the Finals” tournament that Paul George is the cover athlete for the standard edition of NBA 2K17. 

Paul George said he was excited for the opportunity especially since he’s been a player of the video game for a long time. “This is part of being in the NBA,” said George. “Wanting to get the cover. Wanting to be the best.”

In an item that has since been removed from PlayStation’s website, a pre-order for the NBA 2k17 game was available for PS4, including 2 Kobe-inspired legend editions, along with the regular edition. The cover athlete for this edition is to be announced tomorrow evening, but Sony may have let the cat out of the bag early as the pre-order page shows Paul George as the cover athlete.

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Another day, another honor for Paul George

Paul George was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the third time in his career. This award comes just one day after Paul George was named to an All-Defensive Team for the third time.

His third selection ties an Indiana Pacers record for All-NBA selections with Jermaine O’Neal and Reggie Miller, who both had 3 as well. It’s only the 10th time a Pacer has been selected (Ron Artest or Metta World Peace is the other).  Continue reading Another day, another honor for Paul George

Paul George earns All-Defensive Second Team selection

The NBA announced their All-Defensive Teams today and the Pacers had one player selected to the Second Team: Paul George.

It was a close call for George. He had the least amount of points and first-team votes of any of the ten players selected. Jae Crowder nearly overtook George, but lost out on the final forward spot by one point (48-47). Two players that were not among the ten selected actually finished ahead of George in points, but Rudy Gobert (64) plays Center and Klay Thompson (49) is listed as a guard.  Continue reading Paul George earns All-Defensive Second Team selection

Paul George appears in two new Papa John’s commercials

Paul George is no Peyton Manning when it comes to being a spokesperson in commercials, but he’s racking up his commercial IMDB credits, including two new commercials from one that Peyton is intimately familiar with: Papa John’s.

The first new commercial has Paul George and Papa John squaring off in a dunk contest.

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Pacers “new voice” at coach is a familiar one

Only a couple of days after saying that Pacers “haven’t started yet” on the team’s coaching search, Larry Bird surprised everyone; the Vertical reported last night that the Pacers are finalizing a deal to promote Nate McMillan to head coach.

McMillan has been with the Pacers as the Associate Head Coach or lead assistant for Frank Vogel for the last three seasons. He took the job after Brian Shaw left the same position to be a head coach with the Denver Nuggets.

Continue reading Pacers “new voice” at coach is a familiar one

Mylestones: Turner gets invite for USA Basketball Select Team

Myles Turner accepted an invitation to participate with USA Basketball Team Select this summer. Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reported the news:

It’s a big honor for the 20-year-old Pacer as he’ll get to train and scrimmage with the Olympic team for a week in the summer. Perhaps with his teammate Paul George if he decides to participate this year. It’s a way for USA Basketball to get young players involved and familiar with its culture early in their careers. It’s often the first step to eventually being on the Olympic team and a decent predictor of future success in the league.

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2015-16 season iPacers prediction checker

Before the Indiana Pacers season started, I made some predictions for the season. So, to hold myself accountable, here’s my predictions and a verdict for whether or not it came true.

Prediction 1: Paul George will win the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

So, I found out soon after posting the predictions that this award does not exist in the NBA! It was replaced with the Most Improved Player Award sometime in the 1980s.

Verdict: Wrong. Nothing like predicting someone to win an award that doesn’t exist.

Prediction #2: Paul George will average a career high in points.

Paul George averaged 23.1 points per game in 2015-16 season. His previous high was 21.7. Very impressive to set a new career high in his first full season back from injury.

Verdict: Nailed it.

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Solobling: How Solomon Hill went from benchwarmer to free agent commodity

In the span of two seasons, Solomon Hill went from leading all Indiana Pacers players in minutes to being stuck to the bench and from having Larry Bird waive the 4th-year team option on his cheap rookie deal to becoming a crucial part of the Pacers rotation down the stretch and in the playoffs.

This Solocoaster of sorts (please, forgive me) has been a bumpy ride for Hill, but his late season performance has more than likely put him out of the Pacers price range if they want to retain him. Here’s a look at his past two seasons with some lyrics from the Hotline Bling parody, “SoloBling,” sprinkled in throughout.

In 2014-2015 as Hill started 78 games and led the Pacers in minutes, his performance was mediocre at best; while he averaged 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, he also had a Pacers-worst -9.6 on/off rating. He played his usual solid defense, made the occasional surprising forceful drive to the rim for a dunk, and struggled mightily with his jump shot (shot under 40% for the season).

🎶  Ever since the Summer League,
I wasn’t in the rotation as a wing now.
Everybody played and I felt left out,
but GR3 too young, and where is Chase now?
🎶

Continue reading Solobling: How Solomon Hill went from benchwarmer to free agent commodity

Flagrant 2 missed in Game 7 according to the NBA

You know that missed call that everyone was talking about at the end of Game 7? The NBA thinks that wasn’t the only thing missed by the referees in the 4th quarter.

The NBA announced today that Bismack Biyombo has been assessed with a Flagrant-2 foul from a play with 11:18 remaining in the 4th quarter. The foul was assessed for hitting Myles Turner in the head or neck area.

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Larry Bird undecided on Frank Vogel’s future with Pacers

UPDATE: Larry Bird made it official. Frank Vogel will not be the coach for the Indiana Pacers next season.

Last night, seemingly immediately after the Pacers season ended in a defeat to the Toronto Raptors, the offseason drama began for the Pacers with a Woj Bomb.

“Wait, what?” was the general reaction for Pacers writers, bloggers, and fans as well as the national media. Although Vogel was deservedly criticized at times for his rotations (STAGGER!) and inept offense especially late in games, he’s still a top young coach in the league. He’s a defensive wizard.  Continue reading Larry Bird undecided on Frank Vogel’s future with Pacers

How the Pacers have fared in past Game 7s

The Indiana Pacers face off in a series-deciding Game 7 tonight against the Toronto Raptors. In their NBA history, the Pacers are 3-4 in Game 7s, including 2-4 on the road. Here’s a brief overview of each one:

1994 Eastern Conference Finals

Indiana Pacers 90, New York Knicks 94


The first of the team’s Game 7s in their NBA History, the Pacers and Knicks faced off in the playoffs for the second-straight season. One of the epic series battles chronicled in one of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries: Winning Time. The Pacers came up short in this one, losing 94-90. Reggie Miller led both teams in scoring with 25 points.  Continue reading How the Pacers have fared in past Game 7s

Rodney Stuckey fools Cory Joseph with the ultimate ball fake

Rodney Stuckey could not have played worse in game five. He describes his own play as “sh*tty,” but that’s probably underestimating it. Stuckey finished 1 for 10, was a big culprit of the Pacers 4th quarter collapse and generally looked lost on the court at all times. His night was summed up in one vine:

So, how did Stuckey respond in game six with the Pacers one loss away from elimination? Godney rose from the ashes. He scored 8 points on 3 of 4 shooting and had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. A nice night for the backup wing, but he also had the highlight of the night and perhaps the series when he did this to Cory Joseph.

Amp Harris also uploaded a video from courtside with an incredible view of the play. (You can see him and Mike Epps at the bottom right of the Vine above.  Continue reading Rodney Stuckey fools Cory Joseph with the ultimate ball fake

Now presenting: Solo Bling, a Hotline Bling Parody

UPDATE: FULL VERSION AVAILABLE HERE 

Late in game four, Solomon Hill gave a shout out to Raptors’ fan/ambassador/celebrity, Drake, after hitting a 3-pointer with the hotline bling hands (No idea what I should actually call those). Matt Kryger of Indy Star captured this picture that inspired this silly tweet on the iPacers twitter account:

So, I couldn’t let well enough alone and in honor Hill’s improved play throughout the season, I present an original (perhaps terrible) parody lyric, entitled “Solo Bling.”  Continue reading Now presenting: Solo Bling, a Hotline Bling Parody

Mahinmi puts team on his ailing back, Pacers tie series 2-2

In the first three games of the series, the Pacers offense was essentially a one-man show: Paul George. After losing two straight games, Pacers coach Frank Vogel had a simple message for his team: “Trust your teammates.”

“The message before the game was to really move the ball and play for each other,” Ian Mahinmi said. “That’s what we did from the very first minute.”

The results? The Pacers blitzed the Raptors early to a first-quarter lead of 28-14 and never looked back as they tied the series at 2-2 with a 100-83 victory.

“Everyone has to be options for us, offensive threats,” Paul George said after the game. “Tonight, they were, and we exploded on offense.”

The two biggest benefactors to the Pacers devotion to sharing the ball were Ian Mahinmi and George Hill, who went from scoring 40 points combined in the first three games to scoring 44 points combined (a team-high 22 points a piece) in game four as they both had perhaps their best games of the season.

“I can’t take credit for this today,” Mahinmi said of the best game of his career. “Most of my shots were dunks and shots under the rim … my teammates really did an awesome job of finding me.” Continue reading Mahinmi puts team on his ailing back, Pacers tie series 2-2

The Warning Signs & Bright Lights from Game One

Thanks to a sizzling second half from Paul George (27 points on 10 of 13 shooting), the Indiana Pacers defeated the Toronto Raptors 100-90 and lead the series 1-0.

It’s a huge win to open the playoffs as the team that wins game one wins the series 77% of the time, but if the Pacers want to cause the Raptors to go home after the first round for the third straight season via defeat to a lower-seeded team, there were some problematic areas that the Pacers can’t allow to become series-long trends.

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Paul George enjoys some popcorn on the bench

The Pacers clinched their 5th playoff appearance in their last 6 seasons (or they have made it every year that Paul George has had two healthy legs) by blowing out the Brooklyn Nets.

At one point in the 3rd quarter, the Pacers led by 40, so the starters were free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the game. Paul George even managed to get a snack from a young fan sitting behind the home team’s bench. 

Paul George hasn’t been able to sit out a lot of final quarters this year, so it’s good to see him taking advantage of it.

  
Get your popcorn ready, Pacers fans! The Pacers are in the playoffs for the 21st time since 1990, which is the second most in the NBA over that time period. They will face either the Toronto Raptors or Cleveland Cavaliers.