PF Situation

Starter: Thaddeus Young

Backups: Lavoy Allen, Rakeem Christmas

Thaddeus Young was acquired in the off-season in exchange for the 20th pick in the NBA draft, giving the Pacers another viable, versatile scoring option. Young has consistently found himself on bad NBA teams, and this year will be an opportunity for him to participate in a more efficient offense. Taking the backseat to Paul George, and working on par with Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis should allow Young to thrive in his new environment. Thaddeus is able to give 15 points a night in addition to relentless energy on both the offensive and defensive glass. His rebounding will be a big asset to an Indiana squad which lacks a true rim protector. Although his three point shot has been inconsistent his entire career, his adequate mid-range and back to basket game will help him fit right into Nate McMillan’s offense.

The Pacers are short on depth at the power forward position, and as a result, young center Myles Turner will likely see time at the four playing alongside Al Jefferson. Odds are Rakeem Christmas will be nothing more than a situational player this year, giving Lavoy Allen a majority of backup minutes. Allen averaged a career high 20 minutes per game last year, but with the additions of Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young, he should see a drop in playing time. Allen is a rebounding and defensive specialist, and his defensive work will help Indiana overcome the defensive woes of Young. Lavoy Allen is the perfect complementary player for Young, a brute force big man with a willingness to rebound and play scrappy defense. Allen and Young together should form a formidable power forward pairing.

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