The Indiana Pacers are in solid shape heading into the All-Star Break with a 32-21 (60.4%) record. They are currently #3 in the Eastern Conference, 5 games behind the Heat. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012-13 season:
Team MVP: Paul George - 22-year old Paul George shifted to small forward (from shooting guard) to cover for Danny Granger this year and he was excellent in the first half. He has played in 52 games (all starts) for the Pacers so far this year and he is averaging 37.8 minutes, 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He is shooting 42.2% from the floor, 38.1% from the three point line and 81.8% from the free throw line so far this year.
Biggest Surprise - Lance Stephenson - 22-year old shooting guard Lance Stephenson had been sitting at the end of the Pacers’ bench his whole career until 2012-13. But, Danny Granger’s injury opened up a hole at shooting guard and Stephenson stepped up to take it. He has played in 51 games (45 starts) for the Pacers so far this year and he is averaging 28.9 minutes, 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Stephenson will likely lose some P.T. with Granger returning recently, but the Pacers hope that he keeps up the good work.
Biggest Disappointment: D.J. Augustin - The Pacers had high hopes for Augustin in 2012-13, but he has face planted so far this year. Augustin has played in 48 games (3 starts) for the Pacers so far this year and he is averaging 16.2 minutes, 4.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He is only shooting 33.7% from the floor and 33.6% from the three point line and those are pretty pathetic numbers.