Pacers All-Star Hopeful: Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis is looking to become a back-to-back All-Star, just like former teammate and Pacers All-Star, Victor Oladipo. Sabonis continues to be a dominant force with 17 double-doubles in 18 games. The only game in which he did not have a double-double was a game he left early due to injury.
He is 2nd on the team in scoring with 20.4 PPG and leads the team with 12.3 rebounds, which is also tied for 4th in the NBA with Deandre Ayton. He also dishes out 5.8 assists per game, good for 21st in the NBA, which is an impressive feat for a big man. Check out my article last season, for why he is the perfect All-Star for the Indiana Pacers.
Pacers All-Star Hopeful: Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon is also having a phenomenal season and is outperforming his career numbers. His career average of 14.3 PPG is up to a team-leading 22.8 PPG. Brogdon has also seen a slight improvement on the boards from 3.8 up to 4.3. His assists are up from 4.6 to 7.1, which is 8th best in the NBA. The biggest bright spot is seeing Brogdon’s shooting percentages go back up. He is shooting 45.9% from the field, 41.3% from 3, and 90.5% from the line. Brogdon has been a leader on and off the court.
Pacers All-Star Hopeful: Myles Turner
Myles Turner was rumored to be traded for most of the offseason. Sometimes it is the moves you don’t make that work out the best. Turner has been an absolute beast on defense. He leads the NBA with 4.2 blocks a game and has really found his role in this offense, averaging 14.1 PPG and 6.8 RPG. He has the ability to stretch the floor while also making up for Sabonis’s lack of shot-blocking ability. They are showing that they can be a strong big-man duo and play off of each other.
Pacers Back-to-Back Action
The Pacers continue the new same-team back-to-back scenarios seen around the NBA this year as they defeated the Charlotte Hornets 116-106 on January 27th and look to get the series sweep as they play the Hornets on the 29th. Doug McDermott, who had a huge night leading the team in scoring in the first game against Charlotte with 28 points, seems to enjoy the mini-series as he said, it’s “better for our bodies, travel, and I think good for the fans.”
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