If you take the Bucks starters average points per game for their career they average about 53 points per game. If you take the Pacers bench average points per game for their career they average about 51 points per game. That means that the bench of the Pacers are for all intents and purposes playing the same caliber basketball, or can play the same caliber of basketball, as the starters for the Milwaukee Bucks.
If I was a team with a below .200 winning percentage and I was told my new starting line up would be Andrew Bynum, Luis Scola, Evan Turner, C.J. Watson and Rasual Butler I would say sign me up! Barring no injury’s and a decent bench – consider a Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green, Danny Granger, Chris Copeland, Orlando Johnson and D. J. Augustin (all ex-Pacers) to back up that squad I would feel confident that this make believe team could make the playoffs at least as an eighth seed. That is a team full of Pacer bench players or ex-players who have since been traded away.
Considering the Pacers have traded away or released a complete bench, and in some case starters, and currently have a bench full of starters it seems to reason that they have an excellent chance of winning an NBA championship this year. It is hard to believe how far this team has come since the 2009-2010 season. Five years makes a huge difference both from the teams style of play and the city's interest. Who would have thought back in 2010 that the Pacers would be trading Danny Granger, an all-star, away to strengthen their bench and pursue a championship. Live, love and play like their is no tomorrow - thanks for reading!
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