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Indiana Pacers Last Season Performance

The Pacers improved upon their 2021-22 performance by 10 games, finishing the season with a 35-47 regular-season record. The season marked the third year in a row that Indiana missed out on the postseason, as it was eliminated from playoff contention with a week left of the regular season.

Despite the record, there were some positives to take away. Guard Tyrese Haliburton earned his first NBA All-Star appearance while also competing in the 3-point contest alongside teammate Buddy Hield. He also broke the record for most 3-pointers made in a season in Pacers history, hitting 230 to surpass Reggie Miller and finishing the season with 288.

Indiana Pacers Key Additions

Indiana had the third-most cap space of any NBA team in the offseason with $36 million, and they spent it on a pair of players in Bruce Brown and Obi Toppin.

Brown was a key piece in Denver’s NBA Championship run, averaging 12 points on 51.1% shooting and four rebounds a game. A solid shooter from 3-point range as well, Brown shot 35.8% from beyond the arc in the regular season last year and also brings versatility on defense.

The Pacers also traded a couple of future draft picks for Toppin, whose 6-foot-9 frame should be a welcome addition. Though he was a backup to Julius Randle in New York, he averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in limited minutes last season.

Indiana Pacers Key Subtractions

The Pacers didn’t do much in terms of losing players, with their only loss in the offseason coming in the form of Chris Duarte, who they traded for draft picks.

Duarte missed multiple weeks last season after injuring his ankle, and following his return, he took a step back in the lineup due to rookies getting more time. Duarte’s field goal and 3-point shooting percentages also dropped off from his rookie season, and he finished last season averaging 7.9 points and 2.5 rebounds a game.

Indiana Pacers Strength

Indiana has a young core, which is one of its greatest strengths as it continues to build for a successful future.

The Pacers signed Haliburton to a five-year max contract in the offseason, proving they believe him to be the franchise player of their future. Haliburton averaged 20.7 points and his 10.4 assists were second in the league last season, shooting 49% from the field and 40% from three, and in turn, he was awarded his first All-Star appearance.

Bennedict Mathurin and Andrew Nembhard also saw significant playing time in their rookie seasons, with the former finishing fourth on the team averaging 16.7 points a game to finish second in scoring among rookies last season only behind Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero. Nembhard averaged 9.5 points a game on 44.1% shooting, and he’s one of Indiana’s stronger defenders as well.

Indiana Pacers Weakness

Though Nembhard was a bright spot for the Pacers, their defense overall was a weakness for the team.

Indiana allowed teams to battle back into games more than once last season, and it finished with a defensive rating of 26th, giving up 117.1 points per 100 possessions while allowing 119.5 points a game for second-worst in the league last season.

The Pacers allowed opponents to score over 130 points 16 times last season wherein they went 2-14, and that resulted in them finishing the season with a -3.1 point differential, despite Indiana ranking 10th in the league averaging 116.3 points a game.

Indiana’s opponents had no issue scoring on it, as they shot 48.5% from the field and 37.3% from beyond the arc last season. An improvement on defense could make all the difference for the Pacers next season when postseason contention comes into play.

Indiana Pacers Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

The Pacers have been steadily showing improvement over the past few seasons, and with a couple new added pieces in Brown and Toppin, they should make another jump this year.

The young core remains at the center of their success, and Indiana will also benefit from the continued growth from Mathurin and Nembhard as well as the leadership from Haliburton.

NBA odds have the Pacers winning around 37.5 games, and an improvement upon last season is likely. Indiana was five games out of making the play-in tournament last season, and if it can improve defensively this season, it could be a play-in team as well.

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