Looking to add a big man to their rather short bench as far as frontcourt players are involved, the Indiana Pacers are taking a close look at Kevin Seraphin, trying to keep his NBA career alive after never really standing out during his six-years in the league.
Seraphin, who spent five years with the Washington Wizards (6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds) before playing 48 games with the New York Knicks in 2015-2016 (3.9 points, 2.6 rebounds in 11 minutes a night), has been getting plenty of offers from teams in Europe including FC Barcelona, and in China, which has become a more and more popular destination for NBA players to go to.
The Pacers don’t have a lot of anything behind Al Jefferson at center, which means that even a limited player like Seraphin, who offers nothing in terms of range and creating offense for himself out side the 4-5 feet from the basket range, can be helpful to them. Defensively he’s not too bad (2.5 blocks per 36 minutes last season), and he’s a pretty good rebounder as well. For about 15-20 minutes a game that’s not bad, although he limits any offense and lineup he plays in.
Myles Turner is the only other player besides Jefferson who is above 6’10 and listed as a center. Entering his second NBA season, the former Texas player showed plenty of potential during his rookie season, averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 28 minutes a night. But the Pacers need a third center on the roster just to give Jefferson and Turner a few minutes to be off the court or add some toughness to the PF position which is a little soft, as the Pacers changed their direction this offseason, becoming a lot more offense-oriented than before.