How Indiana Pacers players fared in international action

Between EuroBasket and FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers, the Indiana Pacers had several national team players this offseason.

Franchise fans had the chance to see their favorite players play this summer. Competitions spanned several months, which allowed some players to play in more than one event.

On the American side of the globe, the Pacers have entered three players into the 2023 World Cup qualifier – Buddy Hield, Chris Duarte and Langston Galloway. None of the three played in AmeriCup action.

Galloway spent part of his offseason playing for the United States, he played in several games for the reds, whites and blues this summer. In total, he has played in more qualifying games in 2023 than any other American player.

During this World Cup cycle, Galloway has played in six games and averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 assists per game. Team USA currently sits atop Group F with 12 games remaining on its schedule. They finished seventh at the 2019 Basketball World Cup with Pacers center Myles Turner on the roster.

Duarte played for the Dominican Republic for the first time since being drafted by Indiana in 2021. The All-Rookie squad member averaged 15.5 points per game for his home nation , including an impressive 20-point performance against Venezuela.

The Dominican Republic currently sit fourth in Group E. Duarte suffered a toe injury earlier in the offseason but was able to play, and play well, during international action.

Hield has played four games for his native Bahamas. He led the team in scoring 20.5 points per game, but the team struggled and only went 1-3 with Hield in the lineup. The Bahamas are in last place in Group E.

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Meanwhile, only one Pacer has adapted for his home country in the World Cup qualifiers in Europe. Center Goga Bitadze, soon entering his fourth year in the NBA, played for Georgia in the playoffs.

Georgia, who needed wins, went 1-1 with Bitadze in the lineup. He averaged 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game over two games. His team are in fourth place in Group L.

The European World Cup qualifiers took place a few days before EuroBasket this off-season, which meant that the participating teams were in good shape for EuroBasket. Bitadze Georgia was one of the hosts of the competition and hoped to make a deep run in the tournament.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The Georgian team went 1-4 in Group A and failed to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.

Bitadze played well, averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. But his tournament was overshadowed by things that affected him off the pitch. The 23-year-old big man suffered an ankle injury which caused him to miss time and impacted his game, which hurt the team. Additionally, he was involved in an altercation with the 76ers and Turkish forward Furkan Korkmaz, who will lead to punishments. Bitadze hopes to establish himself and grow in his NBA career this season.

Bitadze wasn’t the only Pacer to perform in EuroBasket. Center Daniel Theis, who the blue and gold acquired in a trade in July, has adapted for Germany in the competition.

Theis’ status for the event was in question due to injury, but he was eventually able to play and help the German team. In eight games, he averaged 8.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Germany got third place in the tournament.

It’s unclear if Theis will play a significant role for the Pacers this season. He’s talented as a scout and murderer, but his limitations and age make him less important to the franchise in the long run. He may struggle to find playing time even though he made it clear in EuroBasket that he still has talent.

The Pacers open training camp next week with preseason action soon to follow.

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