One of the biggest traditions in the state of Indiana is basketball. Because of this, the Indiana Pacers, who are in the NBA, are always a focal point of the state. Heading into the 2017-18 season, there was a lot of concern that the team could be taking a step back in the wrong direction. Much of this was due to the fact that star guard Paul George was traded away. While the Pacers did not look like a team that would compete, they have surprised a lot of people and appear to be heading towards greater things (https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2018/01/11/five-questions-pacers-fans-should-ask-halfway-through-season/1024943001/).
While the Pacers lost George, who was previously the leading scorer on the team, the team has appeared to be more cohesive this year. They currently average more than 107 point per game, which makes them one of the top offensive teams in the NBA. The team is led by guard Victor Oladipo, who was acquired in the trade for Paul George. Oladipo is having an All-Star caliber season by averaging nearly 25 points per game.
Overall, the Pacers seem like they could compete for a playoff spot by the end of the year. At this point, the Pacers have that is just over .500. This is good for 8th place in the conference, which would allow them to quality for the playoffs. As the league approaches the halfway point, there are many decisions that will need to be made to decide how they can continue to compete and win in the second half of the season.