I won’t lie, at the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure how things would turn out for the Pacers. After the DeAndre Ayton offer was matched by the Suns, I wasn’t sure the direction things would go. I was expecting Mathurin to step in and be a massive addition, but things have turned out even better for Indiana than I anticipated.

I honestly figured the Pacers would unload anything with value that wasn’t Bennedict Mathurin, Chris Duarte or Tyrese Haliburton to go for the next hottest draft prospect.

Hunter Skillman is the Sports Editor of

The Shelbyville News.