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Player Review 2014: Donald Sloan

by Mark Montieth Writer

Age: 26
Years Pro: 3
Status: Has one season left on his contract, but the Pacers have the option on it.
Key Stats: Averaged 2.3 points on 36 percent shooting.

Donald Sloan replaced Ben Hansbrough as the Pacers' just-happy-to-be-here third-string point guard. And he did what players are supposed to do in that role:  practice hard, don't complain and try to find a way to contribute when you get a chance.

Photo Gallery: Donald Sloan's 2013-14 Season-in-Review

Sloan didn't get many chances, playing in 48 games for a total of 392 minutes – 8.2 per game. He did show enough to give the impression he belongs in the league, and can stay awhile if he's in the right place at the right time. On the three occasions he played at least 20 minutes, he played well.

He scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes in a blowout win over Chicago in November. He had eight points, eight assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes in that April game at Milwaukee when the starters were rested. And, he had 13 points in 31 minutes in the final regular season game at Orlando.   

Other than that he really didn't do anything to call attention to himself, which is a good thing. Most of his media interaction consisted of trying to get out of the way of the reporters swarming over his locker space to get to Roy Hibbert, who dressed in the adjacent stall. Which he did without complaint.

Sloan isn't a natural scorer, but is a steady ballhandler and adequate defender for a backup. He has one season left on his contract, but the Pacers have an option on it. He's vulnerable to a change, but also a safe bet for what he's asked to do.