The Indiana Pacers have made a major improvement on their roster this summer with the goal of contending for the title next season. Paul George remains confident that his team can challenge LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Indiana Pacers are one of the NBA teams who dreamt of becoming a title contender next season. The Pacers acquired quality players to bolster their roster, eyeing to become the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, and Al Jefferson will sign with the Pacers to help superstar Paul George next season. Despite the improvements, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are still projected to dominate the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James has been dominating the Eastern Conference since he was in the Miami Heat. When he returned to Cleveland, the Cavaliers quickly rose to the top and became the most dominant team in the East. However, teams like the Indiana Pacers will surely give a tough fight to the reigning NBA champions.
“Honestly, I look at us challenging them. I’ve been in the East and I’ve been No. 1 with LeBron being on a team,” George told The Vertical in a recent telephone interview, harkening back to when the Pacers finished with the best regular-season record in the East in 2013-14, the season before his gruesome Team USA leg injury. “Really, what I’m looking at is it coming down to me getting us past the conference finals. … I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in what I can do.”
After recovering from a horrific injury, there is no doubt that Paul George is one of the NBA players who can match ‘The King’. The 2016-17 NBA season will prove if the Pacers made the right decision of replacing Frank Vogel with Nate Millan.
In the ESPN Summer Forecast, the Indiana Pacers are projected to finish 4th in the Eastern Conference together with the Detroit Pistons. Now that more reinforcements came for Paul George, the Pacers are expected to surpass the expectations from them next season.
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