Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Rodney Stuckey is working on getting his conditioning back after spending two weeks on the sidelines.

"I only played 26 minutes, but it felt like I played 35," Stuckey said after Wednesday's win over the Hornets. "It’s all about getting my legs back underneath me and getting my wind back up. Here within the next week or so I should be back to normal." Stuckey is going to be eased back into the rotation, but with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) out he'll have plenty of opportunity. However, he really doesn't do much aside from score, so he's not necessarily a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Nov 21 - 5:09 PM

Paul George (leg) said his goal is to play this season.

He is only doing work in the pool right now and plans to do more court work soon. George is still highly unlikely to make it back on the court for game action this year, but you have to admire his commitment to returning.
Nov 21 - 2:41 PM

C.J. Watson (foot) is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

He doesn't have a timetable to return and we might not see him in game action until December. Considering how Watson has dealt with foot issues before, the team will likely manage his minutes for a while -- Rodney Stuckey also aggravating his foot injury doesn't help. There is not enough incentive to stash him in most leagues.
Nov 21 - 2:21 PM

George Hill (knee) is still not close to returning and won't be back until December, as expected.

Beat writer Candace Buckner adds it is "not the first of the month" either. Hill should be a big part of the offense and is a decent stash, but obviously the uncertain return date could make it tough to do so. Expect Donald Sloan to have a couple more weeks of value.
Nov 21 - 2:20 PM

David West (ankle) was a limited participant during Friday's practice and is not expected to return until after Thanksgiving.

West remains without a definitive return date, but his return to practice is a positive sign. He'll provide the Pacers with some much needed offense when he’s finally able to suit up, and should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up points and boards with high percentages. Luis Scola and Lavoy Allen will continue to help fill the void with West sidelined, but neither guy is worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 21 - 2:16 PM

C.J. Miles (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills during Thursday's practice, and he's getting closer towards making a return.

Miles eventual return to the court shouldn't mean much to owners in standard leagues, as he's averaging just 7.7 points on 24.6 percent shooting from the field this year. Miles has also lost his starting gig to Chris Copeland, and with very limited upside, he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
Nov 20 - 4:29 PM

Pacers head coach pointed to Solomon Hll's growing maturity as a source of strength for the Pacers.

Hill had a game-winning putback for the Pacers on Wednesday, but it's his maturity and leadership that is impressing his coach. "From the time we interviewed him before the draft, it was glaring that he was a very mature guy," Vogel said. "The way he carried himself was as impressive to us as anything he did on the basketball court, so to see him show a leadership role this early is not surprising to me." While Hill's fantasy value will take a hit when David West (ankle) returns, his recent play makes him worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 20 - 11:52 AM

Solomon Hill hit a game-winning putback against the Hornets on Wednesday during a 88-86 win, finishing with six points, five rebounds and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

His minutes held tonight while Chris Copeland's dropped, so that means he's viewed as the team's leading small forward right now. Hill has come a long way from his awful preseason and he should have value at least until David West (ankle) gets back, which will hurt Hill's shot total. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Nov 20 - 12:12 AM

Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists.

His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore.
Nov 20 - 12:03 AM

Donald Sloan played 31 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers.

Rodney Stuckey played shooting guard and he didn't really eat into Sloan's minutes. Sloan should still put up decent stat lines until C.J. Watson (foot) comes back and he may even play minutes in the high 20s when that happens. He should have a couple more weeks of value.
Nov 19 - 11:56 PM

Rodney Stuckey returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Hornets, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 26 minutes.

He played mostly shooting guard and continues to turn in a high usage rate. Stuckey logged only 13.3 minutes per game, but now he's likely going to stay in the mid-20 range. Considering he doesn't usually shoot the ball well and doesn't do much outside of scoring, he's not a great player to own in standard leagues.
Nov 19 - 11:46 PM

C.J. Miles (calf) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

Miles has been terrible this season, and can't catch a break in terms of his health. Chris Copeland and Solomon Hill will continue to play big minutes for the Pacers and are both worth a look in almost all leagues. Miles can safely be ignored in all but the deepest of leagues until further notice.
Nov 19 - 11:19 AM

Rodney Stuckey (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against Charlotte.

This is excellent news for the Pacers as they have been ravaged by injuries all season long. It is unclear how many minutes Stuckey will see Wednesday, but he likely be eased into action. He will be worth a flier in deeper leagues while owners in standard leagues should keep a close eye on him. His return could spell trouble for the value of Donald Sloan and A.J. Price but that remains to be seen.
Nov 19 - 11:16 AM

Rodney Stuckey (foot) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets.

Owners in deep leagues should definitely consider taking a flier on him due to the lack of depth the Pacers have right now with George Hill(knee) and C.J. Watson (ankle) still recovering from injury. Stuckey can put up points in a hurry and though his minutes might be limited at first, he could play a huge role for the Pacers this season. If he does suit up, he will eat into the minutes of Donald Sloan while shattering the value of A.J. Price. Check back before tip-off for the latest updates.
Nov 19 - 10:13 AM

David West (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

This has to be frustrating for his owners, as he has yet to play this season with his nagging ankle sprain. We will continue to monitor his status and it should be noted that he still deserves to be owned in almost all leagues for his scoring and rebounding prowess. In the meantime, Luis Scola will continue to start with Lavoy Allen backing him up, but neither player is an attractive option in standard leagues.
Nov 19 - 10:00 AM


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