The Indiana Pacers seem to have narrowed their coaching possibilities to three.
Former Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, former Magic head coach Steve Clifford, and current NBA G League Ignite head coach Brian Shaw.
While all three are worthy candidates, the answer seems to be Stotts.
He’s the man with the most recent winning experience. Having led the Blazers to eight consecutive playoff appearances, including a 2019 Western Conference Finals appearance.
Much speculation points to him as well, and it just makes sense.
Part of the reason the Pacers parted with Nate McMillan is that the team wanted a faster offense, and they did so finishing fourth in pace. That was accomplished in Nate Bjorkgrem’s lone season with the team and it’s a brand of ball Stotts is familiar with.
The team is similar but different from Portland.
Indy was third in transition possessions during the regular-season, averaging 23.9 points on said plays, and scored 51.7% of the time.
Passing the ball is also an important part of their offense, as they were second in the league in passes made, compared to Portland being last.
Inheriting a team with a healthy Caris LeVert, Malcolm Brogdon, and Myles Turner to go alongside their All-Star in Domantas Sabonis makes the Pacers an intriguing team and would give Stotts more flexibility on the offensive end of the ball.
It also doesn’t hurt they were 14th in defensive rating without having their top two defenders in Brogdon and Turner for a good part of the season.
Although the team may not have the offensive firepower of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, they do have players who can score in different ways and an all-around big man.
Compared to Shaw and Clifford, Stotts seems like a shoo-in based on his resume.