LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference title next season. The Indiana Pacers are planning to use a high octane and fast offense to try to beat “The King” in Cleveland and be the top team in the conference.
Larry Bird, the team president for the Pacers, said in a recent interview that he wants the Pacers to average more than 100 points per game next season. The NBA legend says the team is committed to a faster paced style next season led by new head coach Nate McMillan.
“We want a style where we can score. I’d like to score 105 points a game or maybe 106, but still defend the way we have,” Bird, the former Boston Celtics great, said to NBA.com.
“Nate’s got over 900 games that he’s coached in the NBA and he’s got a style…I think he’s going to do an excellent job for us.”
Indiana scored 102.0 points per game as a team in the 2015-2016 NBA Season and their scoring average was just the 17th highest scoring team last year. Bird made some big offseason moves this 2016 and wants to increase their scoring next season.
For the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season, the Pacers will be led by star forward Paul George, who is busy helping Team USA get the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Other key players for Indiana next year are Jeff Teague, who was one of the big acquisitions by the Pacers in the 2016 offseason. Teague was part of the three-way trade with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz this summer.
The Pacers also got veteran forward Thaddeus Young in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets and center Al Jefferson via free agency. Others in the line-up are veteran Monta Ellis, who has been mentioned in NBA rumors of being traded this offseason and Rodney Stuckey plus young big man Myles Turner.
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The Pacers’ offseason moves made them one of the teams to watch out for in the new NBA season. With new players and a high octane offense, can Indiana unseat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for top of the East?