Hibbert: Pacers Capable of Contending
The entire Pacers starting lineup is back, with plenty of experience and chemistry. The Pacers aren’t considered a star-studded team, but they have three players – Hibbert, Granger and West – who have been All-Stars. This is a starting unit that should be getting a lot more respect. Adding Augustin, Green and Mahinmi gives Indiana’s second unit enough toughness and experience to effectively play Vogel’s style of smash-mouth basketball. The players know what their goal should be for this season.
“Obviously we want to [contend], but we know it requires a lot of hard work and determination,” Hibbert explained. “I think that we can, but we don’t want to get to overzealous and think we can go right there.
“We have aspirations and [the coaches] know, but we are a veteran-run team and we know what we have to do, what we are capable of and what goes into doing it.”