While we earlier promised you 15-20 minutes, I believe we could get you 20 minutes a night with the possibility of 25 minutes on a good night for you. While I'm sure you are looking at our depth chart and see 2 other SFs in front of you and are wondering how you'd get those minutes, we'd like to assure you that the Pacers aren't one of those organizations that gets bogged down by positional requirements. The Pacers will look at skill sets and we feel you have a skill set- primarily great defense - that the Pacers would use.
The way we see it is that you are capable of playing both SG and SF and maybe even a little PF (as you've done in the past). We see Hedo as a player capable of playing both SF and PF. And even Granger could play some PF as he did for Indiana in 2010-11 (playing 18% of the teams minutes at PF). Bass and Smoove could play some Center if we were to go small. Basically, we would let the matchup and our players skill sets dictate who plays where, not the "SF" position.
As for why we'd love to have you on the team, we feel you could bring some great defense off the bench and would compliment guys like Hedo well. Hedo would not have to worry about defense with you on the team and you would benefit from Hedo's playmaking getting open 3 point shots. But we wouldn't just play you with Hedo, you could see time with Wade or Curry. And we STRONGLY feel your great defense would mean you'd find valuable minutes on the Pacers. Don't get caught up in us having 2 SFs already- that doesn't mean anything, especially when all of our guys can play multiple positions.
Some of the different lineup combinations we could have:
Curry-Wade-YOU-Smoove-Hibbert should Mr Granger need a rest and we need some defense.
Wade-YOU-Hedo-Smoove-Hibbert where Wade could play the point and between him and Hedo, we'd have the playmaking. You would provide the excellent perimeter defense.
Curry-Wade-YOU-Granger-Hibbert/Smoove or Bass- Granger played some PF in 2010-11 and in spot minutes, he could do so again. We see this lineup as very dangerous due to its ability to space the floor but we'd also have some excellent defense with you obviously contributing.
These are just some of the lineups we feel would work and obviously there are MANY more. The main point is we hope you see how well you'd fit with our team. Your skills compliment each of our other players VERY well.
Finally, as my Co-GMs have already stated, we are a championship contender and you would have an excellent shot to compete for one should you join the Pacers. As I've shown you here, we'd find minutes for you. If you have any concerns about exact minute breakdowns, you may PM us but we hope you understand that the Pacers will go based on matchups and what works and you should not look at us having 2 SFs as a reason you'd see less playing time.
Last edited by PatsSoxKnicks; 07-14-2012 at 09:18 AM.
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