Over/Under: Indiana Pacers 2023-24


Key Additions

  • Bruce Brown (free agent)
  • Jarace Walker (draft)
  • Obi Toppin (trade)

Key Subtractions

  • Chris Duarte


  • Guards
    • Tyrese Haliburton, T.J. McConnell, Andrew Nembhard
  • Wings
    • Bennedict Mathurin, Buddy Hield, Bruce Brown, Aaron Nesmith
  • Forwards
    • Obi Toppin, Jarace Walker
  • Bigs
    • Myles Turner, Jalen Smith, Isaiah Jackson

Random thoughts, opinions, comments, declarations, queries, editorials, etc.

Seemingly becoming a national fan favorite overnight, the Pacers are everyone’s pick to either A) Make the play-in, and/or B) Lead the league pass rankings. Their front office drafted well and pivoted nicely from the Sabonis-Turner era to the Haliburton-Mathurin-Turner era. They refused to tank, and now find themselves in prime position to leapfrog a few teams in the East, specifically in that Knicks, Heat, Bulls, Hawks, & Nets tier. Carlisle is one of the best offensive minds in the league, and he’s got plenty of weapons to play with: athletes on the wings, Bigs who can shoot, and one of the best young PGs in the league in Tyrese “Oil Smooth” Haliburton. For the record, I had him 1st overall on my Draft Board from 2020. Unfortunately, the Warriors, Bulls, Cavs, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks, Wizards, & Suns didn’t.

Last Year – Interesting Stats:

  • 35-47, 11th in the East
  • Opponents PPG: 119.5 – 29th in NBA
  • 4th in Pace
  • 117.7 Defensive Rating – 26th in NBA
  • Tyrese Haliburton YoY 3P%: 40.9%, 41.4%, 40%
  • Myles Turner averaged 18 ppg, 7.5 reb, 2.3 blocks on 55% FG%

Keys to Success:

Tyrese stays healthy, Benny Numbers keeps his FG% above 45%, Obi & Myles shoot 35%+ from 3, Bruce Brown proves he’s worth every penny

Potential Obstacles:

Tyrese gets banged up early & often, Obi loses minutes to Walker for defense, Benny Numbers trends more Jordan Clarkson than Anthony Edwards, Turner finds himself on the trade block yet again.

Hot takes:

  • Tyrese Haliburton’s nickname should be Oil Smooth
  • Bennedict Mathurin’s nickname should be Benny Numbers
  • Buddy Hield is traded by the deadline
  • Nesmith replaces Hield without breaking a sweat
  • Haliburton makes his first all star game
  • So does Myles Turner


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