The Indiana Pacers are one of the youngest teams in the NBA, and that’s not a bad thing

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The Indiana Pacers went from being one of the oldest teams in the league to one of the youngest overnight. Last season, their average age was 26.6 years. For this upcoming season, he is now 24.1 years old. The only younger teams are the Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers have the same average age.

Interestingly enough, only Memphis is a playoff team. Of the remaining roster, I’d say Indiana is the most likely of the bunch to be the first to make the playoffs. There might just be a bit of bias in the previous statement. However, like all youngsters, they could use wisdom and guidance from older, more experienced players.

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Pros and cons of the Indiana Pacers adding vets to the team

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But do they really need veteran players? Veteran players are older, closer to retirement and not as good as they once were. So while their experience and wisdom are valuable, they don’t always contribute to the field in a positive and meaningful way. They could be more of a detriment to the court than an asset. And it’s not like the Pacers have an Udonis Haslem on their roster like the Miami Heat.

While the Pacers don’t have a typical “old man” on their roster, they do have some veteran players. Some of these guys are also in high demand. Subsequently, it means their play is still more of a help than a hindrance. Well, if you haven’t figured out who the elders are by now, I guess I’ll tell you. These “graybeards” most likely to be on the roster this season and play significant minutes and Daniel Theis (30), Myles Turner (26), TJ McConnell (30) and Buddy Hield (29).

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These vets could also be traded. The biggest reason is that they don’t fit the current timeline of the new core of young talent. Turner and Hield are both highly sought after. While Theis and McConnell may have some trade value. The latter would most likely be packaged with the aforementioned or moved to a team that suffered an injury to a rotation player.

The return the Indiana Pacers would be looking for from any move would be draft picks, an up-and-coming young player, or some combination of the two. They could take a bad contract as well because they have a lot of cap space. And at this point, I think the organization is leaning more toward giving all players a raise rather than hitting the salary cap by making a “bad trade.”

Should the Pacers be looking for a meaningful graybeard?

Now, I drop my speculations and get back to the main topic at hand. Do the Indiana Pacers need a veteran player? The answer is no because they already have some. Of the current list of NBA Free-Agent big men, there is none that is arguably better than Turner. And when it comes to guards, there’s only one player who checks the box of being a veteran and fits the new timeline. That’s Collin Sexton, and while he’s a better scorer, he’s not a better shooter.

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And with the current construction of this roster and the current NBA game, Hield is the more valuable player. So again, while some fans are calling for the Pacers to add a veteran player. The truth is, the team doesn’t need it. For now at least. If the team were to move any of the “oldies” then adding a veteran player would be needed. But for now, Pacer fans have to enjoy this roster and look forward to next season. This team could very easily surprise many with how good they are.

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