This Pacers season is set to be the most unique season in the past few decades. The Pacers have been historically one of the most middling, semi-competitive teams in the NBA. Other franchises have viewed the Pacers at their best as a tough out in the playoffs, but an out nevertheless. However, with the failed Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis lead teams to post 2016 a change was necessary for the Pacers fan base to stay loyal to the Blue and gold.


The Tyrese Haliburton Domantas Sabonis Trade set up the Pacers for this season, which was the most important of the three trades that broke up the Victor, Brogdon, and Sabonis core that defined the Pacers. With those trades, the pacers set up for a full rebuild for the first time in recent history. 


While in a Pacers uniform, Haliburton averaged nearly 18 and 10. And So far this reason this increase in nearly all statistical categories continued this season with averages of 24 and 9.8 in the first four games of the season. He was the heavy favorite for the most improved player going into the year and so far he has supported this favoritism. 


With the pacers greatly undershooting expectations going into last season, Indy was rewarded with the 6th pick in the draft. The Pacers ended up with Benedict Mathurin from Arizona as a result. Many were high on the pick, but few could have predicted the scoring output in his first four games of the season. Through the first four games of the season, Mathurin has averaged 22.3 points on 48.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three. 


The Pacer's entire young core has looked more than promising over the start of the season. The goal of this season should be to lose for lottery luck and gain experience for this current core. And so far, the Indianapolis Pacers have done just that.