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Player Review: Rakeem Christmas is tough to figure

Player Review: Rakeem Christmas is tough to figure

It’s unclear what role the mixed bag 25-year-old can consistently play for the Pacers outside of emergency depth. It’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that Rakeem Christmas is or should be for the Indiana Pacers. He runs the floor hard and isn’t afraid to scrap on the offensive glass (grabbing the second-highest percentage of Indiana’s misses), but generally speaking he’s still a non-shooting, small-ball center in a 6-foot-9 power forward’s body. How did Rakeem Christmas impress? When Al Jefferson was sidelined with dental pain, the Pacers played 3.57...
Indy Cornrows May 20, 2017
Player Review: Kevin Seraphin was misused for too long

Player Review: Kevin Seraphin was misused for too long

Nate McMillan should’ve untethered the double-plodder lineups sooner. Kevin Seraphin is ideally a backup center, not a power forward. Though injuries sometimes dictated otherwise, this should’ve been obvious. According to the NBA’s lineup data, the Pacers were outscored by 19.1 points per 100 possessions in the 156 minutes that Seraphin played beside Myles Turner. They were also in the red when he and Al Jefferson were on the floor together (minus-3.2). Some of it was spacing, but the bigger issue was defending the 3-point line. Seraphin’s bulky body doesn’t...
Indy Cornrows May 11, 2017
Player Review: Lavoy Allen did what Lavoy Allen does

Player Review: Lavoy Allen did what Lavoy Allen does

Rebounding is an area of concern for the Pacers, but doing only that may not be enough for Allen to stick around. The Pacers know what they’re going to get from Lavoy Allen. He isn’t as athletic as Rakeem Christmas. He can’t finish hooks shots around the rim (37.5%) like Kevin Seraphin (55.3%). He doesn’t draw double coverage like Al Jefferson, and he isn’t capable of closing out to shooters as fast as Thaddeus Young. However, one particular maxim usually holds true: Lavoy will get it. How did Lavoy Allen impress? He grabbed 13.7 percent of Indiana’s misses —...

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