That's the good news. No, not good news, great news!
The not so great news is that Danny Granger is out indefinitely and won't play so Frank Vogel intends to start Gerald Green at his spot in the lineup. The trickle-down impact means that the Pacers revamped second unit will be minus their top offensive threat.
So Sam Young could join the second unit, but it also means Lance Stephenson will need to play a bigger role than expected. Vogel could also tighten his playing rotation to keep Green and Paul George running with the second unit which sounds like a safer bet.
Regardless, all of these good young players (looking at you PG, George Hill, Roy Hibbert) have to rise up and make a difference without Granger's 20 points to rely on. No shortage of intrigue on opening night. Enjoy!
Check out the links with more stories about the start of the NBA season:
- 2012-13 Season Preview and Player Breakdown | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers: The Central Division isn’t a given if Granger’s out for an extended time | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
- Bob Kravitz: Now it's time for Roy Hibbert to deliver | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Toronto Raptors: A look at the starting five for new season - thestar.com
- Raptors vs Pacers - Game-Day Preview - Raptors HQ
- Burning questions for the 2012-13 NBA season | The Point Forward - SI.com
- With Granger out, Pacers will learn a lot about themselves | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis
- Gerald Green will get his shot with Danny Granger out of the Pacers lineup - fox59.com
- Danny Granger "Out Indefinitely" with Sore Left Knee | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- Granger’s injury is a good thing for Pacers | BlogNBAsketball
- Pacers Season Preview, Part II - Indy Sports Legends
- Despite promising run last season, pundits not sold on Pacers | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- NBA Shootaround: Season Predictions! - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
- Tuesday's NBA Scores - SBNation.com
- Mavericks vs. Lakers final score: Dallas opens its season with 99-91 win - SBNation.com
- Pacers: Five keys to the season | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com