Indiana Pacers Last Season Performance
The Indiana Pacers finished the 2021-22 regular season with the worst franchise record since 1994; Indiana accrued 25 wins and 57 losses throughout the season, which included a 10-game losing streak. The Pacers missed their chance to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season to finish 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Injuries plagued the Indiana Pacers 2021-22 season; vital players from their first unit missed several games impacting the team’s record. The Pacers finished 16th in the league in offensive rating with 112.6 and 28th with a defensive rating of 116.1.
Malcolm Brogdon had a productive but inconsistent 2021-22 season; Brogdon played in only 36 games averaging 19.1 points per game. In Indiana’s first 30 games, the point guard reached double figures in all matches. Undoubtedly, Brogdon’s absence affected the Pacers’ overall record.
Entering the second year of his rookie contract, guard Chris Duarte appeared in 55 games this season, averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, displaying remarkable scoring and defensive skills. The guard posted double figures, including 20-plus point performances -Duarte scored 27 points versus the Golden State Warriors-. Nonetheless, injuries affected Duarte, leaving him off the court for Indiana’s 17 last games of the season.
Justin Holiday started 52 of 72 games averaging 10.5 points and 3.6 rebounds; the veteran swingman contributed with availably and reliability throughout the 2021-22 season. The holiday is one of the two NBA players (next to Suns Mikal Bridges) that has appeared in every game over the past three seasons.
Domantas Sabonis had an incredible 2021-22 season; he missed only ten games throughout the campaign, but when he was available, he delivered outstanding performances every night. He reached triple-double marks and averaged 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. Sabonis was great on the offensive end, but his defense was a concern during the season.
Indiana Pacers Offseason Changes
The Indiana Pacers had an eventful offseason, including the five-second addition of Phoenix Suns’ Big Man DeAndre Ayton. After missing two consecutive playoffs, the Pacers showed through their offseason moves; they’re ready for some bold changes.
At the 2022 NBA Draft end, the Pacers selected three draft picks, Pick No.6, Benedict Mathurin, in Round 1, with the 31st pick in the second round, former Gonzaga point guard Andrew Nembhard, and Kendall Brown with the 48th pick.
In addition, Blue and Gold dealt Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Daniel Thesis, a 2023 first-round pick, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Juwan Morgan, and Malik Fitts. Later on, the Pacers waived Fitts, Stauskas, and Fitts.
Moreover, Indiana dealt to the Sacramento Kings, two-time All-Star center Domantas Sabots, Justin Holiday, and Jeremy Lamb. The Pacers received Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson. In addition, they traded Caris LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for veteran point guard Ricky Rubio and a combo of a first-round plus two second-round picks.
Lastly, Indiana traded Torrey Craig for former Suns forward Jalen Smith and a future second-round pick.
Indiana Pacers Key Additions
Indiana Pacers Key Subtractions
- SG Malcolm Brogdon
- SG Lance Stephenson
- SG Duane Washington Jr.
- PF T.J. Warren
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Indiana Pacers Coach Analysis
In June 2022, the Indiana Pacers announced the return of their 2003-07 head coach, Rick Carlisle. Coach Carlisle took the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in his first season coaching the team, reaching a record of 206-204 with the Pacers in his coaching career and taking the franchise to the playoffs on three occasions.
Carlisle played five seasons in the Association and won the 1985-86 NBA title with the Boston Celtics along with Larry Bird. Later, he became Bird’s assistant, and then, he moved to Detroit Pistons as a head coach in 2001; the NBA awarded him the COTY award that year. In addition, he led the Dallas Mavericks to the 2010-2011 NBA Championship. Their only NBA Title.
The Pacers expect from Carlisle discipline and an old-school coaching style in hopes of improving the team and bouncing back from past years’ records.
Indiana Pacers Betting Prediction for the 2022-23 Season
The sportsbook has the Indiana Pacers at +100000 to win the 2022-23 Championship and +50000 to win the Eastern Conference. Unsurprisingly, the Pacers don’t carry big expectations in the upcoming campaign.
After going through a massive reconstruction during the offseason by getting rid of unhealthy players and bringing new talented players, and even changing coaches. We expect the Pacers to improve their record and make the Play-In tournament.
The biggest challenge ahead is to integrate so many new players while accruing decent numbers across the board. Their 2021-22 season has the tone of rebuilding, integrating, and creating a new culture to, eventually, make the playoffs.
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Indiana Pacers FAQs
Have the Indiana Pacers ever won an NBA Championship?
The Indiana Pacers have never won an NBA Championship.
What years did the Indiana Pacers make the playoffs?
The Indiana Pacers have eight NBA Eastern Conference appearances (1194, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2013, 2014)
What’s the Indiana Pacers playoff record?
The Indiana Pacers have a record of 115-126 in the playoffs all-time.