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Pacers probably won’t be good, but maybe they can become more modern

August 8th, 2017 at 8:38 AM
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Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after jettisoning Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers began talking about wanting to play faster and smaller. Two seasons have since past and they still haven’t done it consistently, let alone well. Instead, they got into a battle of wills with Paul George, temporarily broke C.J. Miles expecting him to play a role for which he wasn’t prepared, and spent a sizable portion of last season counting on the yet to be demonstrated concept of tempo to compensate for shaky defense and erratic floor spacing.

However, when Miles was inserted into the starting lineup at shooting guard right before Thaddeus Young injured his wrist, they were close.

Take, for instance, the Spacing Rating model developed by Nick Sciria of Nylon Calculus. According to the new metric, Indiana’s unit consisting of Jeff Teague, Paul George, and Myles Turner along with Miles and Young yielded an above average Spacing Rating of 86.6 percent, which means that only 13.4 percent of the lineups Sciria tested league-wide had more space than that particular group.

Of course, the flip side to that boon was that the lefty sharpshooter couldn’t be in two places at once. Without him at reserve power fauxward, the dreaded double-plodder lineups were made worse by the non-shooting threat which emanated from the ghost of Monta Ellis. Unsurprisingly, the most-used all-bench lineup that included the slowed 31-year-old had less space than 86.7 percent of the data set.

This, generally speaking, was the problem with last season’s unbalanced roster, wherein fixing one lineup issue typically only served to beget another.

By comparison, Kevin Pelton’s system projects next season’s team to win 10 fewer games, but at least the lineups have the potential to be less wonky, even if they’re also less talented.

Overall, the 2016-17 squad ranked 27th in the league in terms of three-point attempts per 100 possessions. Increasing that rate will …

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