The East sucks, regular season Paul George was far from being the great player he can be.
His whining and complaining brought the spirit of the team down. He was a bad leader, plain and simple.
The Bulls traded their star player for youngsters. The Hawks didn't get anything in return for their star player, they just lost him.
Players like Olynyk and way over the hill Howard aren't exactly the type of players that will catapult teams into the playoffs.
The Pistons made a good addition in Bradley, but if you have build your team around Reggie Jackson and Drummond, you will always have difficulties to make the playoffs.
Nets, Knicks, Magic, give me a break.
Sixers are a much much talented team, but they lack experience and who knows how many games Embiid/Simmons will play this time.
To doubt that the Pacers can win a playoffs series with this team, ok, but they have done everything they could to avoid tanking/lottery and try to make the playoffs with experienced, limited but willing players to try to make the playoffs.
Maybe everyone is hoping the Pacers will suck and get a high draft pick next year, but the truth is they will be in the playoff picture again for most of the year, miss the greatest prospects and stay mediocre until all the mediocre pieces fall together and surprise everyone as a team, like the Hibbert, Vogel, PG team.
I'm optimistic that Myles Turner can be a better leader than other cry babies from the past though. Both PG led Pacers teams barely made the playoffs and even though Bird could have done a better job providing help for PG, we can not exclude that PG might have been part of the problem why those teams were underachieving as opposed to the David West led Pacers teams who were overachieving.
Optimistic leadership is highly important and as far as I'm concerned, Myles Turner fills in both much better than PG ever did as the leader the previous 2 seasons. How many times Paul has said he missed David West, how he valued Monta Ellis because he is a lockerroom voice, how he falls apart when the spotlights are on him (Europe Tour, 3 point shooting contest, his 0-15 record on go-ahead shots in the final 20 seconds, his whining, his refusal to bang with bigger players.
Paul George is getting way too much credit in this thread if you think the Pacers have just a little chance to make the playoffs.
Pacers have a good chance to make the playoffs. Could be just out or just in. No way I value Paul George that high.