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Chris Copeland | Forward

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/17/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 235
College: Colorado
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Chris Copeland came off the bench for the bizarro Pacers on Wednesday and hit 7-of-8 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 18 points, including the game-winner, two rebounds, three assists and a block in a tough win over the Bucks.
Copeland has been a non-factor all season and if the Pacers decide to try to beat the Heat on Friday, as they have to, he should return to obscurity. Apr 9 - 11:42 PM

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Chris Copeland came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers for 11 points and two rebounds in just 12 minutes in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Bobcats.

He sits on the bench behind David West and Luis Scola, but with the Pacers looking like a high school team tonight, Copeland finally got some run. We'll have to see him do it a couple more times before even putting him on the radar, as we haven't even seen the need to even give him a news blurb since November.
Mar 5 - 10:14 PM

Chris Copeland got some practice reps at small forward on Monday.

Copeland tends to get a lot of shots when he's on the court with his average of 4.4 points in just 5.4 minutes per game, but he's buried on the depth chart at power forward. He's still not worth adding in almost any league since he basically needs two injuries to other forwards in order to see 20 minutes.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 05:35:00 PM

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that he hasn't been able to "find enough minutes" for Chris Copeland in his rotation.

That's a severe understatement, as Copeland has only logged four minutes in two games this year, but Vogel expects him to eventually "be a big-time threat." With the Pacers jumping out to a 7-0 start this season, however, we doubt Vogel will alter his gameplan to find minutes for Copeland, whose long-range shooting is offset by his defensive liabilities.
Source: NY Post
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Chris Copeland did not play due to a coach's decision in Tuesday night's 97-87 win over the Magic.

"Right now he's our fifth big," coach Frank Vogel said. The slow start is nothing new for Copeland after playing just 5.3 minutes per game in November 2012. He'll need a forward to miss time to have value in fantasy leagues.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 10:24:00 PM

Chris Copeland scored 15 points including three 3-pointers in Saturday's win vs. the Cavaliers, and he showed no signs of his recent Achilles injury.

Copeland has been fully cleared for action after knee surgery this summer and his Achilles injury was a minor blip on the radar. He even jacked up 11 three-point attempts tonight, an indication of his fantasy-specialist potential. The biggest hurdle for his fantasy relevance is playing time, as he's stuck in an unpromising backup forward role behind Paul George and David West.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 10:16:00 PM

Chris Copeland played 29 minutes and hit 3-of-12 shots (3-of-10 from downtown) for 11 points, two rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss.

He appeared to hurt his Achilles late in the game, but it doesn't sound serious. It is worth monitoring though, as he is coming off left knee surgery, and was just beginning to see meaningful minutes.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 09:59:00 PM

Chris Copeland (knee surgery) played only three minutes off the bench during Saturday's preseason opener.

Copeland's offseason surgery was relatively minor, but he was still in pain in late September and the Pacers have no incentive to play him much before he's totally recovered. He should be ready for the season opener, when he'll serve as reserve depth at PF and (to a lesser extent) SF.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 09:43:00 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said Chris Copeland will play power forward "90 percent of the time."

Interesting. The Pacers brought on Luis Scola to play behind David West at power forward, so perhaps Scola could be more of a center next to Copeland on the second unit. Copeland didn't have much fantasy value to begin with, but this news casts even more doubt on his minutes with his new team.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 11:26:00 PM

Chris Copeland said that his knee is not where it needs to be and he's still dealing with pain.

He said he'll be "ready to rock" for the regular season, but for now he looks like he'll be missing some preseason action. Copeland had his knee scoped last month and mentioned he dealt with knee issues last season. The former Knick will run with the second unit and doesn't have much fantasy value.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 03:51:00 PM

Chris Copeland said that his knee is "much improved" and he should be able to resume some basketball activities for training camp on September 27.

"I’ve been training hard. Everything is good," Copeland said. "It’s not 100 percent, but definitely much better than last year." He had his knee scoped on August 2 and remains questionable for camp. Copeland will come off the bench for the Pacers this year and is unlikely to see more than 20 minutes per game while the team is healthy.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 10:11:00 PM

Chris Copeland (knee) said that he played through knee discomfort last season.

"It was something I dealt with but it wasn’t a major issue," Copeland said. "Right now, it’s the summer time so we just thought it would be good to get it done now so I could go into the season with a fresh start and feeling pain free." He had loose bodies removed from his knee and he's targeting a return around training camp. He'll provide some depth at the end of Indiana's rotation, but has little fantasy value.
Source: Pacers.com
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 05:54:00 PM

Chris Copeland (knee) is already walking around and rehabbing from his surgery on August 2.

It was just a knee scope for Cope and his timetable of 6-8 weeks suggests that he'll be ready for camp at the end of September. Copeland is heading to Los Angles to work on team building with his new teammates. He'll come off the bench and isn't expected to see a major role while the Pacers are near 100 percent health.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Chris Copeland called his knee surgery nothing more than a "nuisance" and fully expects to be ready by the start of the season.

He had surgery less than two weeks ago but is already lifting weights and feeling good. "It was more of a nuisance than an actual injury," he said. His return timetable is still 6-8 weeks, so we're hoping he's feeling as good a month from now as he is today. The Pacers are loaded at forward, meaning Copeland will likely be a role player off the bench this season.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 09:58:00 PM

Chris Copeland underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove a loose body Friday morning.

His recovery time is expected to be 6-8 weeks. Copeland stayed fairly healthy in his rookie season and his Pacers career is off to a rough start. The team signed him to a two-year, $6 million deal last month to provide some depth at the forward spots and Copeland's outside-in game adds a nice component to their offense. He'll be targeting a return for training camp in late September and should be ready for the season opener.
Source: NBA.com
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1George Hill
2C.J. Watson
3Donald Sloan
SG1Rodney Stuckey
2C.J. Miles
3Rasual Butler
SF1Paul George
2Solomon Hill
3Damjan Rudez
PF1David West
2Luis Scola
3Chris Copeland
C1Roy Hibbert
2Ian Mahinmi
3Lavoy Allen