The Indiana Pacers have been showing their future during their few preseason games.
There is no doubt that the team is about to face a pretty rough season, they are definitely still in the midst of a long rebuilding phase.
No one should expect the team to storm to the Finals any time soon.
But that doesn’t mean the squad isn’t quietly building something special at its core.
Bennedict Mathurin is averaging 20.3 PPG in only 21 minutes of play per game, via @WorldWideWob.
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Their new rookie player Bennedict Mathurin is looking like a standout during the preseason.
Earlier this week, Mathurin had a whopping 27 points and went 8-of-13 against the New York Knicks in a big 109-100 win.
This all happened after the Pacers actually trailed behind the Knicks as the fourth quarter kicked off.
For the preseason, Mathurin has averaged 20.3 points per game in just 21 minutes of play per game.
Yes, Mathurin is showing his stuff and has a ton of potential but the Pacers will need a lot more than him to turn things around in 2022-23 and beyond.
The Potential Of The Pacers
As talented as he is, Mathurin isn’t the only young rookie who could be the future of the team.
Andrew Nembhard is also a great new talent who is worthwhile.
In that game against the Knicks, Nembhard added 15 points and rebounds.
Head coach Rick Carlisle knows how special these new players are, saying, “Our younger guys really experienced some growth opportunity tonight. Nembhard was great. Cool under pressure, big shots, great feel. Mathurin gets the ball in the hole and does it in an efficient way.”
The Pacers are hoping for a few big trades and draft picks in the upcoming seasons.
Obviously, that is a long process.
However, even if they are struggling, Indiana still has some positive players to pay attention to.