We preview the Indiana Pacers and the impact their players will have on the 2016-2017 fantasy basketball season.
The Indiana Pacers went all in this off-season by switching their starting point guard from George Hill to Jeff Teague, finding a starting quality power-forward in Thad Young (so Larry Bird doesn’t have to try and scare Paul George into playing the four spot) and finally trusting Myles Turner enough to let him start the season at center. And if that fails, they’ve got Al Jefferson coming off the bench for his 20 minutes of low-post offensive production, if his knees can handle it.
Questions remain whether a Teague and Ellis can work together defensively, but luckily that doesn’t matter too much with fantasy basketball.
|Al Jefferson Charlotte Hornets
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young Brooklyn Nets
|George Hill Utah Jazz
Jordan Hill Minnesota Timberwolves
Solomon Hill New Orleans Pelicans
Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards
Indiana Pacers Depth Chart
Rotation Player Projections
Rise in Value
Pending injury, trade or Al Jefferson rediscovering the fountain of youth, Myles Turner looks to have a whole season starting at center for the Pacers, and I’m excited to see what he can do. He has a fantasy friendly game in a league where big men who can block and hit a high FT% are rare. Keep an eye on Turner during draft day as he should outperform his ADP.
Decrease in Value
Monta and George Hill were a good pairing. Monta got to have it all, while Hill played defense and hit 3s. But George Hill is gone, replaced by a high usage point-guard, who needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Expect a dip in production.
Teague finds himself on a new team and a new system. Expect some early teething problems as he adjusts to playing with high usage players such as George and Ellis. Teague has some experience in this regard, having shared the ball with Schroder, another high usage player in Atlanta, but that experience isn’t enough to keep his value. Expect a slight decrease across the board.
Thad went from being one of the few half-decent players in Brooklyn, to being the fourth option in the starting lineup. Expect a dip in offensive production and an option for out of position steals at the power-forward spot.
Jefferson hasn’t played more than 65 games in a season since 2013-2014. There’s a chance a reduced role can help preserve his body, but a reserved role is never something you want to read about a draft target. Luckily for most, Al Jefferson isn’t a draft target.
Other Player Summaries
Paul George First Round
Indiana is still Paul George’s team. Expect similar output from last season, but with a slight improvement to his FG% (I repeat slight, he’s still a punt FG% candidate).
C.J. Miles Deep League
C.J. is the definition of streaky. He can get hot from three and win you a H2H match-up, but he can just as quickly go cold or get injured, having played more than 70 games in a season once since 2010-2011.