The next team we are focussing on in our series of best one-team MyTEAMs to build is the Eastern Conference’s Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers have had an impressive start to the season after a disappointing first-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics in last season’s playoffs, sitting in 6th place on a .667 Pct (18-9).
Looking at both present-day Pacers and those from back in the day, here is the best starting five you can make from those currently available in MyTEAM.
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PG – Malcolm Brogdon (OVR 91)
Card type: Moments of the Week
Best stats: 98 shot IQ, 97 stamina, 95 hands
Malcolm Brogdon switched Milwaukee for Indiana in the offseason on the back of one of an incredible shooting season with the Bucks, becoming only the eighth player to join the 50-40-90 club.
He wasted no time in getting going in Indiana either and recorded a double-double in each of his first four games as a Pacer, earning a Moments of the Week card in week 2.
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This card is all about racking up the points, 90-rated outside scoring, including a crazy 91-rated 3pt shot and hot zones from each of the five zones from beyond the arc. He can put them on a plate too, 90-rated playmaking makes him one of the best current PG’s in the NBA for dishing out assists.
SG – Victor Oladipo (OVR 85)
Card type: ‘20 NBA
Best stats: 98 shot IQ, 92 shot contest, 90 pick & roll defense IQ
Victor Oladipo and Borgdon are yet to play together in Indiana yet, with Oladipo still on the sidelines after suffering a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee back in January of this year.
The injury came at the worst possible time for Oladipo who had been named in the All-Star team in back to back campaigns (2018 & 2019) after his move from Oklahoma.
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Despite his injury, Oladipo still comes in at a respectable 85 OVR on his base card this year. A real dog on defense, Oladipo loves to chase down his opponents and contest the shot (92 rated shot contest).
On the other end of the court, Oladipo is prone to getting off a quick three-ball (85 rated spot up shot 3pt). For under 1k, you’d be daft not to try him out.
SF – Paul George (OVR 94)
Card type: Prime VIP
Best stats: 98 vertical, 97 shot IQ, 97 stamina
He may be an LA Clipper now, but Paul George certainly made his name in Indiana.
In terms of all-round small forwards, you’ll struggle to find many better than George.
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The 2019 NBA steals leader (89 rated steal) is a menace on the perimeter of the arc (95 rated perimeter defense) and he certainly has the knowhow to make those big buckets when on the attack (97 shot IQ and 98 offensive consistency).
At 180k, he is the most expensive player in this side by a considerable margin. That being said, he is also the best!
PF – ‘07 Al Harrington (OVR 86)
Card type: Lights Out
Best stats: 95 stamina, 95 shot IQ, 93 shot mid
Moving onto the power forward spot now and we have NBA journeyman Al Harrington.
Harrington spent two spells in Indiana, the first six years of his career between 1998 and 2004 before returning for a second spell in 2006.
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Having Paul George next to him in the forward roles will be a big help in this team as defense (71 OVR) isn’t a strong point for Harrington. However, his 91 rated outside scoring means he will be a big threat on the offensive end of the court.
95 rated stamina will help Harrington to stay involved in those attacks late in those close contests.
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