Indiana Pacers: Offseason Summary 2020

by December 14, 2020
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Can the Indiana Pacers replicate their surprisingly successful 2019-20 campaign or was their performance an anomaly? That’s the primary question that will be answered in 2020-21, as the Pacers hope to have Victor Oladipo healthy for the entire season.

Frankly, the Pacers’ biggest offseason addition isn’t even a player. It’s new head coach Nate Bjorkgren, who replaces Nate McMillan.

Pacers Roster Additions

PlayerTransaction
Cassius StanleyDraft (54th)
Jalen LecqueTrade (OKC)
Kelan MartinFree Agency (MIN)
Amida BrimahFree Agency (UDFA)
Rayshaun HammondsFree Agency (UDFA)

Biggest Acquisitions

  • Cassius Stanley: A lanky wing out of Duke University, Cassius Stanley has the tools to be a standout defender and a capable 3-point shooter at the next level. Those type of players have always been valuable and will remain so, giving Stanley the opportunity to carve out a long career.
  • Kelan Martin: Kelan Martin is another player that stands out defensively, allowing the Indiana Pacers to sustain their dominant defense even without the defensive-minded Nate McMillan around.

Pacers Roster Subtractions

PlayerTransaction
T.J. LeafTrade (OKC)
Alize JohnsonFree Agency (TOR)

Biggest Losses

  • T.J. Leaf: T.J. Leaf has yet to pan out at the NBA level after a standout one-and-done season with UCLA. Projected to be (at the least) a stretch-four that could possibly play multiple positions, Leaf only averaged 8.7 minutes per game for the Pacers in his three seasons there, shooting a mediocre .341 percent from three.
  • Alize Johnson: Alize Johnson, a second-round pick in 2018, has shown himself to be a superb rebounder at 6’7.” With his potential as a catch-and-shoot option (he shot .375 percent on such attempts last season) and defense, he could be a solid rotation player for the Toronto Raptors.

All NBA Team Offseason Summaries

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
OklahomaLA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio
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