Sure, the Pacers just got knocked out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat in six games, but that doesn’t change the fact that they had a good year. The Pacers were 42-24 (63.6%) during the regular season and they were 6-5 (54.5%) in the playoffs last year. Here is a look at the players that stood out the most to me in 2011-12 for the Pacers:
Team MVP: Roy Hibbert - 25-year old center Roy Hibbert finally turned into the force inside that many thought he could be. Hibbert played in 65 games (all starts) for the Pacers last year and he averaged 29.8 minutes, 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
Biggest Surprise: Paul George - 22-year old shooting guard Paul George really stepped up in his second year in the NBA. George played in 66 games (all starts) for the Pacers last year and he averaged 29.7 minutes, 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Biggest Disappointment: A.J. Price - 25-year old guard A.J. Price didn’t play too well last year for the Pacers. He played in 44 games (1 start) for the Pacers last year and he averaged 12.9 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Price only shot 33.9% from the floor and 29.5% from three point range last year.