Starter: Myles Turner
Backup: Al Jefferson
Myles Turner made a name for himself during his rookie season, earning a spot on the All-NBA Rookie 2nd-team. Turner poured in 10.3 points per game with 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. With more development in the off-season, Turner should see his numbers improve. New coach Nate McMillan has also stated that Turner will become a bigger part of the offense, so Myles may really see a huge sophomore jump. Turner is already a positive rated defensive player and as his offensive game improves his overall impact on the floor will only grow. With the four other members of the starting 5 being capable shooters from the mid-range and beyond, Turner will have plenty of space to go to work inside. Seeing 15 points and 8 rebounds a game is not out of question for Turner, and his play will factor directly into the Pacers upcoming success.
Al Jefferson could potentially be the steal of free agency after the Pacers snagged him on a 3 year, $30 million deal. After seeing the deals given out to players such as Miles Plumlee and Timofey Mozgov, Jefferson already seems like a bargain. Big Al had a down year in Charlotte after losing his starting role due to injuries, but he can still play ball. Just two seasons ago Jefferson was a 21 and 11 player leading the then Charlotte Bobcats into the postseason. With an array of post moves and a solid shooting stroke, Jefferson will be an offensive force on the second unit. He will have the chance to once again be the focal point of the offense, and his production will show for it. Although Jefferson is not a defensive stalwart, he is surrounded by players such as Myles Turner and Lavoy Allen who are strong, defensive bigs. Jefferson will provide a scoring punch off the bench, and will likely start some games at center whether alongside Young or Turner. The Pacers may only have two, true centers, but it’s arguably a top-5 center pairing in the entire NBA.