NBA Outlook Trends Higher for Former Skyforce Guard
He only spent 10 games in a Sioux Falls uniform, but Donald Sloan is making the most of his latest chance with the Indiana Pacers.
With the Texas A&M guard in the lineup, the Skyforce went 8-2 back in 2013. Sloan did get one call-up during his stint before signing to play in China to finish the 12-13 season. However, the production Sloan provided was immense over that small sample with 22 points 6.5 rebounds and 7 assists on 48 percent shooting.
Even to get Sloan back in January 2013 there needed to be a series of moves which involved sending the eventual 2013 MVP of the league Andrew Goudelock to Rio Grande Valley.
The dynamic guard was able to get anywhere on the floor at the D-League level and is now part of a three-headed rotation at the point for the Pacers. Starter George Hill and C.J. Watson are the other components of the Pacers’ offensive engine.
Sloan performed well after Hill left the game with a left knee contusion on Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sloan contributed 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting to lead the Pacers in an exhibition loss. Overall Sloan is getting high marks for his play during the preseason.
Bleacher Report contributor Poch de la Rosa lauded Sloan with the Unheralded Player of the Year Award in his season preview.
In the absence of a true playmaking point guard, he will be no savior. However, he has proven he can lead the offense when need be. He will come through in those games where C.J. Watson and/or George Hill struggle at the point.
Look for more steady contributions from the Skyforce alum this season as the Pacers try to put together a successful season. However, the road will be difficult initially without the services of the injured All-Star Paul George.
For an idea of what Sloan did as a member of the Skyforce watch the clip below.