How Paul George’s Injury Affects the Indiana Pacers

The summer of 2014 hasn’t been a kind one to the Indiana Pacers organization.

Lance Stephenson‘s departure to Charlotte was a blow to the team’s offensive production, but no one wouldn’t have expected something more harmful to happen to the Pacers.

During the Blue and White scrimmage exhibition held by Team USA in Las Vegas, Pacers star player, Paul George, challenged a layup on defense, only to collapse under his own leg, fracturing his tibia. The gruesome injury halted the exhibition, causing teammates to raise concern for the 24 year old small forward.

After a successful surgery, it is most likely that George will miss the upcoming NBA season. Many are comparing George’s injury to that of Derrick Rose‘s injuries, which caused him to miss two full seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

The Indiana Pacers, who’ve been a constantly improving team in the East since 2010, will now have to pick up the pieces, starting with relying on Roy Hibbert, who had a downfall of a season, George Hill to provide the lift on the assist production, and David West to be the leader of the team, and to lead the offensive production for them.

With Paul George out of action until the end of next season, will Indiana remain contenders, given how open the East is right or will they be on the low end of the conference’s totem pole.