Where do the Toronto Raptors rank in the Eastern Conference?

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4. Indiana Pacers

The big acquisition for the Indiana Pacers this offseason was the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks guard, Malcolm Brogdon.

Brogdon signed a huge 4-year $85million contract with the Pacers this offseason, one which the Milwaukee Bucks had no interest in matching, which could prove to be a strange decision down the line.

Still, this is about the Pacers and while they lost two big contributors in Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic, they might have improved the overall quality of their team, even if the depth leaves a little to be desired.

Indiana seems content with deploying a big frontcourt with Myles Turner and Domantis Sabonis at the four and five this season. The two have had trouble adjusting when on the court together at times in the past, but if Nate McMillan figures out a way in which both can be productive then the Pacers could be on to something special.

Turner is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year contender and a solid stretch five, while Sabonis is one of the best rebounders in the game. If there’s a way you can have both on the court at the same time, you do it.

Adding the highly-touted Jeremy Lamb turned out to be a good deal for the Pacers too. Lamb shot just under 35-percent from three on four attempts per game last season, not to mention the fact he killed the Toronto Raptors with a 40-feet buzzer beater late in the regular season.

The Pacers can possess a highly switchable backcourt with a dominating frontcourt this season, and that’s all before Victor Oladipo returns to the fold. Oladipo was a stud before falling to a ruptured tendon in his quad against the Raptors in January.

If he returns to the team healthy and raring to go, the Pacers could be one of the surprise packages in the NBA.