Watch: Kevin Pritchard 2021 Postseason Press Conference

Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard addressed the media via Zoom for his annual postseason press conference on Monday afternoon.

Pritchard reflected on the 2020-21 season, a challenging campaign that he said felt like several different seasons because of all the moving parts, from navigating the NBA's new health and safety protocols, to the myriad injuries that besieged the Pacers' roster, to the midseason trade of Victor Oladipo for Caris LeVert and LeVert's Pacers debut being delayed due to surgery to remove renal cell carcinoma from his left kidney.

Ultimately, Indiana finished the season 34-38 and participated in the NBA's new Play-In Tournament, defeating Charlotte in the first game before losing to Washington and coming just short of advancing to the playoffs.

"All in all, we had some individual performances that we really liked, but we didn't win as many games as we wanted," Pritchard said. "We wanted to be in the playoffs."

"We knew that there was going to be some challenging times. What I liked from then on out was we had some players really step into some roles that we weren't expecting and really flourish and blossom. We knew Myles (Turner) was a great defender, he ended up with the (most) blocks per game in the NBA, so that was one. Malcolm (Brogdon) statistically had a phenomenal year. (Domantas) Sabonis towards the end of the year was a triple-double machine and was literally carrying the offensive load for us. You look at our bench — T.J. McConnell almost led the league in steals and Doug (McDermott) by all measurement had a career year.

As the teams enters the offseason, Pritchard shared the front office's mindset heading into a busy summer.

"We're looking at everything," Pritchard said. "We just finished the player exit meetings. We feel like we know this team, we're getting to know the players. I think the theme of the players was we have some talent, but at the end of the day, we've got to get on the court and see that talent play out."

The Pacers will be in the NBA Draft Lottery for the first time since 2015. They have the 13th-best odds in the lottery, which will take place on June 22 and determine the exact position of their first-round draft pick. Indiana also owns two second-round picks in the draft.

Much of the Pacers' roster is under contract for next season, but a few key players will be free agents this summer, including McConnell and McDermott. Both are coming off the best statistical seasons of their careers.

McConnell averaged 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 55.9 percent from the field, all career highs. McDermott averaged a career-best 13.6 points per game on 53.2 percent shooting from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-point range.

Both McConnell and McDermott expressed their love for the organization in exit interviews with the media. Pritchard also remained open to bringing them back, but acknowledged both should have several suitors on the open market.

"They're core to what we've done," Pritchard said. "They're two feet in on the Pacers...It sure was special for me to watch those guys blossom. Quite frankly, we don't win 34 games if those guys aren't playing well."

"They both stepped up and proved that they are important NBA players and probably more important than that, they know who they are."

You can watch Pritchard's complete press conference in the video player above.

2021 Exit Interview: Domantas Sabonis

May 21, 2021 - Domantas Sabonis discusses the team's injuries this season and his on-the-court relationship with Myles Turner.

2021 Exit Interviews

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2021 Exit Interview: Domantas Sabonis

May 21, 2021 - Domantas Sabonis discusses the team's injuries this season and his on-the-court relationship with Myles Turner.
May 21, 2021  |  01:28

2021 Exit Interview: Myles Turner

May 21, 2021 - Myles Turner gives an update on his injury and discusses this team's potential in the future and the possibility of playing in the Olympics.
May 21, 2021  |  02:24

2021 Exit Interview: Malcolm Brogdon

May 21, 2021 - Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon looks back on the 2020-21 season, thinks about where he would like to improve, and expresses his excitement for the future.
May 21, 2021  |  01:22

2021 Exit Interview: T.J. Warren

May 22, 2021 - T.J. provides an update on his health and discusses how he can help the Pacers moving forward.
May 22, 2021  |  02:00

2021 Exit Interview: T.J. McConnell

May 21, 2021 - T.J. McConnell discusses why this was the best season of his career, the success of the second unit, and entering free agency for the second time.
May 21, 2021  |  02:37

2021 Exit Interview: Justin Holiday

May 22, 2021 - Justin Holiday discusses where he wants to see the Pacers improve next season and his personal goals for the offseason.
May 22, 2021  |  01:49

2021 Exit Interview: Doug McDermott

May 21, 2021 - Doug McDermott details why he had a successful season and why he loves playing for the Pacers.
May 21, 2021  |  01:25

2021 Exit Interview: Oshae Brissett

May 23, 2021 - Oshae Brissett reflects on earning a roster spot and ultimately a pivotal role with the Pacers, and his personal and team goals for the offseason.
May 23, 2021  |  02:50

2021 Exit Interview: Jeremy Lamb

May 21, 2021 - Jeremy Lamb reflects on the ups-and-downs of his season and discusses what he wants to improve on going forward.
May 21, 2021  |  01:46

2021 Exit Interview: Goga Bitadze

May 21, 2021 - Pacers center Goga Bitadze reflects on how he grew in his second NBA season and discusses his excitement to finally get back to his home country of Georgia this summer.
May 21, 2021  |  01:42

2021 Exit Interview: Edmond Sumner

May 22, 2021 - Edmond Sumner discusses what he's proud of from this season, what he'll work on in the offseason and his desire to be a member of the Pacers.
May 22, 2021  |  01:41

2021 Exit Interview: Aaron Holiday

May 22, 2021 - Aaron Holiday discusses being in and out of the rotation, the challenges of guarding bigger players, and how he focuses on development each season.
May 22, 2021  |  02:24

2021 Exit Interview: Cassius Stanley

May 23, 2021 - Cassius Stanley reflects on his unusual rookie season and shares his goals heading into the 2021-22 campaign.
May 23, 2021  |  01:36

2021 Exit Interview: JaKarr Sampson

May 22, 2021 - JaKarr Sampson reflects on a season with unique challenges, then discusses his goals for the offseason and being a free agent
May 22, 2021  |  02:17

2021 Exit Interview: Kelan Martin

May 23, 2021 - Kelan Martin discusses the challenges of being out of the rotation for much of the season, finally getting an opportunity in the final month, and building on that momentum heading into the offseason.
May 23, 2021  |  02:50

2021 Exit Interview: Amida Brimah

May 21, 2021 - Pacers center Amida Brimah discusses joining the team late in the season on a two-way contract, making his NBA debut, and his goals for the offseason.
May 21, 2021  |  01:36

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