Unless you're a hardcore basketball fan, you would not recognize much of the Indiana Pacers' roster. This goes for their head coach Frank Vogel and new general manager Kevin Pritchard. With a 4-2 pre-season record, the Pacers have shown that youth, defense, and team ball can produce results. They should win the Central Division, unless Chicago's Derrick Rose makes a miraculous recovery, and finisesh second in the East.
Last year the Pacers finished 42-24 behind the Bulls in the Central Division and lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Miami Heat. The Pacer's average years of experience in the NBA is 2.2, not including David West and Danny Granger at nine and seven years respectively. The only new name that the average person might recognize is Donnie Walsh, who is back and replacing Larry Bird as President of Basketball Operations.
Critical for the Pacers to do well in the Eastern Conference will be their defense. Because they don't have an elite scorer, they will also have to rely on crashing the boards.