Starter: Monta Ellis
Backups: Rodney Stuckey, Glenn Robinson III
Monta Ellis is a ball dominant combo guard who has played the majority of his minutes at shooting guard for the Pacers. Ellis has seen a dip in production since leaving the Dallas Mavericks, but hopefully his struggles can be alleviated by the arrival of multiple scoring threats during the off-season. Ellis ranked 2nd on the Pacers in scoring with 13.8 points per game, but Ellis may no longer be the 2nd option on the team. The lightening of the load offensively by the arrivals of Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, in addition to the development of Myles Turner should help Ellis reach new levels of efficiency. Despite lacking an outside stroke, Ellis can drive to the basket relentlessly, and knock down his free throws when fouled. Ellis may not be the long term solution at shooting guard, and his replacement may come through free agency or a mid-season trade.
Shooting guard is by far the weakest position on the Pacers roster, and the decline of Rodney Stuckey has contributed to the weakness. Stuckey saw his stats dip in every major statistical category, and simply put he should not be a 6th man for Indiana. The arrival of Al Jefferson, who is rumored to be starting on the bench, should aid the bench woes. Stuckey was a net negative for the Pacers offensively and defensively last season, and perhaps Indiana should be looking in another direction.
Glenn Robinson III is a 3rd year player out of the University of Michigan, and this season may be his breakout year. With Ellis and Stuckey on the decline, Robinson III should see an increase in minutes. His NBA sample size is small, but he proved himself on the college level in his two years at Michigan. It’s hard to project exactly how much he will contribute, since it hinges upon the play of Stuckey and Ellis. Robinson could have a break out year, which would bode well for the Pacers chances of winning the East.