Reason 18: David West joining the Indiana Pacers
One of the League’s most underrated stars, forward David West, will be suiting up for the Indiana Pacers in 2011-12 after signing a two-year deal worth $20 million. The move brings in another scorer alongside Danny Granger, as West averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the Hornets last season. Granger is a stud guard that can knock it down from the outside, while West’s smooth baseline jumper will become the norm once again in Indiana. This one-two punch will lead a Pacers team that saw five players average double-figure points last season (not including West), and should improve upon their 99.8 ppg average of a year ago. The acquisition of the two-time All-Star will also put fans in the seats. Other than James Posey and Jeff Foster, the lineup consists of players with eight years of experience or less. The young roster should not only propel this team into the playoffs in 2011, but for years to come in the Eastern Conference.