Player News - Pacers

Date: Team: Pos:

Rodney Stuckey (sprained right foot) will not suit up for the Pacers' final two preseason games.

The injury is not considered serious, and we expect him to be 100 percent for opening night. Stuckey is going to be the starting shooting guard for a Pacers team that doesn't have many offensive weapons, so he could score a lot of points this season. He's worth a late-round selection, but just know he doesn't contribute much to the stat sheet outside of points and free throw percentage.
Oct 20 - 2:56 PM

David West (ankle) told reporters on Monday that he suffered a very bad sprain, but he still expects to be ready for opening night.

He will be out for the rest of the preseason, and was wearing a walking boot during Monday's practice, so we'll consider him questionable for the regular-season opener. While this is a bad sprain, it's not season ending, and West remains a reasonable mid-round target as he'll have to carry the Pacers' offensive workload with Paul George (foot) on the sidelines.
Oct 20 - 2:32 PM

Luis Scola is expected to start against the Wolves on Tuesday.

As it stands right now, he could be the starter on opening night with David West dealing with an ankle injury. Scola has rarely turned in top-100 value because he's only a two-category player, so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly excited about picking him up.
Oct 20 - 10:30 AM

David West (ankle) will have an MRI on his ankle on Monday.

His ankle sprain looked awful on Saturday, but he didn't break it because X-rays were negative. West is likely out for the rest of the preseason and he could be in jeopardy of missing some regular season action. Luis Scola is going to start, but Chris Copeland is probably the preferred target in a vacuum because of his output in 3-pointers and higher upside.
Oct 20 - 9:44 AM

X-rays on Saturday were negative on David West's right ankle.

He's dealing with a sprain and coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't know how long West will be out. The team will likely give him an MRI and we'll pass along the information as it becomes available. It's possible West isn't ready for opening night. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola would gain value.
Oct 19 - 12:07 AM

Lavoy Allen played 21 minutes during a 98-93 win over the Mavs on Saturday with eight points, one rebound, two assists and two steals.

He could get in the rotation now with David West (ankle) possibly missing some time. Fantasy owners can ignore Allen in just about all leagues, though.
Oct 18 - 10:06 PM

Solomon Hill played 22 minutes off the bench and scored four points with five boards, one steal and one turnover on Saturday.

He's pretty much out of the running right now. Hill has struggled at putting the ball on the floor and he hasn't looked great on defense. You can take him off your watch list, especially with Chris Copeland impressing tonight.
Oct 18 - 9:51 PM

C.J. Miles made just 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, three assists and no turnovers in Saturday's win over the Mavs.

He was coming off a 19-point game on Sunday and was playing well before today, so he gets a pass. Chris Copeland may have closed the gap a bit on the minutes distribution at small forward, but Miles is still on the radar as a last-round pick.
Oct 18 - 9:45 PM

George Hill filled up the stat sheet against the Mavs on Saturday with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers on 3-of-11 from the field.

If David West (ankle) misses time, Hill is going to be a huge part of the offense. He was more of an off-the-ball guy last season, but that'll change. The former Spur will always be known for being dealt for Kawhi Leonard, but he'll have his best chance to produce this year. He's a high-upside target in the late-middle rounds.
Oct 18 - 9:41 PM

Chris Copeland got the green light in the starting lineup with 14 attempts from beyond the arc, making six of them on his way to 22 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

He only attempted one shot from inside the arc and made all four at the line. During the Pacers' broadcast, Copeland said the transition to small forward has been "tough" and it showed up with some poor D tonight. However, the Pacers need offense in the worst way and his 3-point shooting and size fit in nicely. At this rate, he has a good chance for minutes in the 20s, which puts him on the radar in standard leagues. He'd also get a nice bump in value with David West (ankle) hurt.
Oct 18 - 9:37 PM

David West suffered a sprained right ankle on Saturday.

He rolled it badly after going up for a rebound. West needed some help off the floor and he was putting very little weight on his right foot on his way back to the locker room. There is a chance he misses time in the regular season despite being a tough dude, so fantasy owners might not want to reach for him. If he's out, Luis Scola would be worth a look late in drafts. Chris Copeland could also get some extra run at the four and has a higher upside than Scola.
Oct 18 - 8:44 PM

C.J. Watson (foot) will not play on Saturday night.

He's dealt with his sore foot for a while, but it's not considered serious. Watson should get minutes at both guard spots and is on the radar in deeper leagues.
Oct 18 - 5:37 PM

Rodney Stuckey (foot) will sit out on Saturday according to coach Vogel.

His foot is just sore and the Pacer's are going to be cautious with him during the preseason. consider him day-to-day for now and expect him to be ready for the season. Stuckey is penciled in as the starting SG for the Pacers this season so if you are in need of a pure scorer, he is worth a late-round pick. C.J. Miles and Chris Copeland are the starting wings on Saturday.
Oct 18 - 5:36 PM

Chris Copeland came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

Given the Pacers lack of depth at either forward position, Copeland is officially a player to keep an eye on. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues, but he could be a teammate's injury away from becoming a full-time starter. And he's playing better than some of the guys in front of him, particularly Solomon Hill.
Oct 15 - 11:33 PM

Rodney Stuckey started at shooting guard and hit just 1-of-6 shots for 10 points against the Cavs.

He got to the line, as he's apt to do, and hit 8-of-9 shots, and added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. He's not going to hit any 3-pointers, but if you need a scorer late in the draft, it looks like he's going to be given a lot of opportunity from the thin Pacers this season.
Oct 15 - 11:31 PM

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