Newly acquired Indiana Pacers point guard, D.J. Augustin, spent four seasons, or 282 games (roughly half of which he started) with the struggling Charlotte Bobcats organization before Charlotte renounced Augustin’s rights over the summer, landing him as an unrestricted free agent. And Augustin couldn’t be happier to start fresh with a new team, per Mike Wells of the Indy Star.
“The whole time I was with the Bobcats I never knew where I stood,” he said. “I never felt like I was secure here. Augustin said in Reference to Charlotte. That’s just how I felt. They didn’t talk to me about anything. I guess that’s how they do things.”
D.J. felt slighted after being let go by the Bobcats over the summer. A team he had spent his first four seasons with and always felt he was a building block for moving forward into the future.
“It wasn’t frustrating cause I knew I could play this game and I knew I would be with some team,”Augustin said.“The fact was I was here for four years and the communication on what my role would be with the team was never set in stone.”
The fact of the matter is that Augustin can play the game. He’s a touch undersized for the point guard position, or any position for that matter. The Pacers and Bobcats before them both had the Texas alum listed at 6-0 feet flat, but it’s clear from watching Augustin on the court that the guard is closer to 5-10. The league has featured some undersized guards who have had success in today’s league. Most notably, Jameer Nelson from the Orlando Magic, who has maintained a starters role since his second season (2005) in the league. Nelson stands at about 5-10, or 5-11 and has never stood out as a star, but has received all-star honors and started in the NBA finals back in 2009.
It became clear that the Charlotte Bobcats were moving forward in the direction of Uconn standout, Kemba Walker, which left Augustin on the outs and eventually led the 24-year old to sign a 1-year deal with the Pacers, worth $3.5 Million.
We watched Darren Collison lose his starting job to George Hill last season, but that doesn’t mean that Hill is a lock to keep that role forever. Hill is more of a defensive-minded two guard, than a true point guard. Hill’s lack of offense and true point guard ability could open a door for Augustin to rack up some minutes as a Pacer.
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