The Indiana Pacers were able to pull off a three-team deal with the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz that brought Jeff Teague to Indiana. Larry Bird traded George Hill to the Utah Jazz, which was the only asset involved from the Pacers in the deal. It was a move that drew major national media attention, and rightfully so.
A large portion of the media didn’t give the Pacers a very favorable grade for the deal. Despite that fact, the Pacers instantly became championship contenders in the Eastern Conference thanks to acquiring Teague.
What about Teague can take the Pacers from the No. 7 seed in the conference to being a legitimate championship contender?
First of all, the Pacers’ biggest weakness coming into the offseason was an attacking guard who was capable of running and offense and setting his teammates up. That is Teague’s game, and he will take the offense to a new level. He will also take a lot of pressure off of superstar forward Paul George.
Indiana has been trying to play a faster tempo on the offensive end of the court, and Teague will help them do just that. He is one of the most aggressive point guards in the league and has the speed and quickness to beat almost any defender in the open court. Bird found the point guard who will push the pace every time he touches the ball, and that will be contagious for the rest of the team.