Indiana Pacers: 3 Takeaways from the 2018 NBA Offseason

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Pritchard and the Indiana Pacers were the surprise of the NBA last season after trading their franchise player, Paul George. It was a move that many thought would keep them out of the playoffs. Instead, Victor Oladipo became an All-Star and the rest of the supporting cast played above expectations.

Indiana was able to not only finish the season with 48 wins, but also push LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Needless to say, it was a successful season that put the Pacers back on the map in the Eastern Conference.

Heading into the offseason, the Pacers knew that they needed to make a move or two to take the next step. They didn’t necessarily need a star, but they were one of the few teams to have enough money to spend on a couple names to improve.

When everything was said and done, the Pacers ended up signing both Doug McDermott and Tyreke Evans. Both players filled a major hole for the Pacers and are expected to be exactly what the doctor ordered for the franchise.

Unfortunately for the fans, Lance Stephenson saw his player option declined. Stephenson was a key piece for the Pacers last season, but the team viewed Evans as a major upgrade over him.

All of that being said, what three things can be taken away for the Pacers from the 2018 NBA offseason?

Next Page: No. 3