Most of you know that story; listened and watched it play out during the off-season. Many Pacer fans were happy to see Darren Collison go despite wondering if the Pacers truly maximized his value. The majority of the media and even the coach kept preaching how the Pacer bench was much improved in the off-season. Unfortunately, 21 games into the season, sitting at a 10-11 record, the Pacers are weakest when the second unit is playing.
Today it was announced that Ben Hansbrough, brother of back-up Power Forward and North Carolina stand out Tyler Hansbrough, will be starting point guard for the second unit over D.J. Augustin. D.J. Augustin came to the Pacers with high expectations after playing four years, starting the last two, for Charlotte averaging 11 points a game. This appeared to be a perfect replacement for Darren Collison but thus far Augustin has been a disappointment. He is averaging a lowly 3 points a game and has looked sloppy and even worst, slow. At the same time Darren Collision has stepped into the starting shooting guard position in Dallas and is averaging over 12 points a game but a similar 10-10 record.
Ben Hansbrough proved to be a scrappy, hard working player – it is what got him a spot on the team. The issue is that hard work can translate into points but it doesn’t always translate into points or defensive ability. Hopefully the shake-up will spark the Pacers and get Augustin back on track. In the end I think D.J. Augustin will get another chance but for at least a little time Ben Hansbourgh will get the chance to shine next to his older brother. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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