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Indiana Pacers 2022-23 Team overview
The biggest “offseason” move the Pacers made was really the trade deadline deal they reached last February to acquire rising star Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield from the Kings. Indiana sent Domantas Sabonis, depth players and a first-round pick to Sacramento, opening the door for Myles Turner to return as Indiana’s primary frontline presence. But the deal also signaled a rebuild, which could mean veterans like Turner, Hield and TJ McConnell could also be dealt with for picks or players on a schedule similar to 22-year-old Haliburton. Add sixth overall pick Bennedict Mathurin to the mix, and we envision a young team aiming for success in three or four years.
2021-22 review: 25-57; missed the playoffs.
2022-23 NBA Total Win Odds: 24.5 wins (DraftKings)
2022-23 NBA Title Odds: +100,000 (DraftKings)
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After an impressive debut campaign that earned him the first-team All-Rookie in 2021, Haliburton improved to a sophomore last year. He started the season with the Kings, where he started slow but picked things up in December and January, which coincided with De’Aaron Fox missing a lot of time. In his last 31 appearances with Sacramento from December through February, he averaged 16.1 points, 8.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals. However, the promising young guard was shockingly traded to the Pacers at the deadline for Domantas Sabonis. Haliburton quickly became the center of Indiana’s reconstruction, and it saw its usage increase the rest of the way. In his 26 appearances with the Pacers, Haliburton averaged 17.5 points on 50/42/85 shooting, 9.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.1 minutes. Going into 2022-23, the point guard will remain at the center of Indiana’s rebuild, with No. 6 overall pick Bennedict Mathurin. In 2021-22, Haliburton ranked 22nd in fantasy production per game, but his ceiling is clearly higher than that as he will remain in a very high usage role and continue to develop at 22. It looks like he’ll be a consistent source of effective 20-and-10 double-doubles with interceptions, making him one of the best playmaking options for fantasy. It won’t come as a surprise on draft day if Haliburton is out of the picture early and midway through the second round.
After joining the Pacers midway through the 2021-22 season, Hield finds himself in a very familiar situation. Despite the upset, Hield finished the season in the top 100 fantasy producers in eight categories thanks to averages of 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.2 threes. points. After peaking at Rank 38 in 2018-19, that feels like the safe range for Hield and dictates where managers should target him. One thing he has in his favor is that he’s been very durable over the past few years regardless of his role. He has played at least 71 games in five straight seasons, making him a consistent top-50 asset when assessing total value. While it probably shouldn’t be drafted in this range, it’s reassuring to know that it’ll serve as a solid plug-and-play option most nights.
After a second straight season in which his time was cut short due to injury, Turner enters the 2022-23 season with a point to prove. While he should be the starting center in Indiana, trade rumors continue to swirl as much as they have over the past two years. Turner finished the 2021-22 campaign as the 25th-ranked player when considering value per game across eight-category leagues, largely thanks to his league-leading 2.8 blocks per game. Add to that the fact that he’s hit a career-high 51% from the field while connecting on a career-high 1.5 triples, and you’ve got a player who still has a lot to offer. From what we currently know, it should be able to replicate those numbers. However, managers will want to keep in mind that its value is primarily based on one category. If its block numbers drop significantly, its overall value will take a hit. He remains an elite fantasy target but is better suited to category leagues, especially for those looking for early blocks.
Indiana Pacers depth chart for 2022-23
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Indiana Pacers Predictions for 2022-23
It will be a tough rebuilding year for the Pacers. Instead of the won loss record, focus on the development of Haliburton, Mathurin and trade rumors. This team is not done rolling and negotiating. The Pacers know they’re not a glamorous destination for free agents, so they’ll build through draft picks and trades. Late season tanking moves are definitely a possibility.
- 14th East
- miss the playoffs
Haliburton will finish in the Top 10 Fantasy Players (full season stats, 8 categories). The young point guard will be the maestro of nearly every offensive play for Indiana. Hield may lead the team in points per game, but Haliburton will be right behind him, more leading in assists, steals, minutes and threes with strong shooting and rebounding percentages (for a guard). The Pacers have made it clear that Haliburton is their future star and they are building the team around him.
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