Neither team has a 20 point scorer. Granger leads them scoring at 18 a game. Lou is leading the Sixers at 16 a game. Granger and Iggy are the closest thing to a superstar for their teams, but they are just good players. Granger brings more offense and Iggy brings more defense. Both teams rely on their depth and defense.
The Pacers are ranked 9th in opponents scoring at 92.5 a game and they are 4th in rebounding. The Sixers are first in opponents’ scoring at 87.5 a game and are 3rd in opponents’ field goal percentage at 41%. They both beat up on bad teams. The Pacers are 16-4 against teams that are below .500. The Sixers are 15-3 against teams that are below .500. The Pacers have faired better against winning teams going 6-8. The Sixers have gone 6-11.
Another thing the Pacers have on the Sixers is in close games. In games decided by 7 points or less the Sixers are 2-9 and the Pacers are 9-5. The Sixers won the only matchup against the Pacers 96-86 at home on Jan 9th, though Granger did not play.
The Bulls and the Heat are the best teams in the East. Those are the teams that the Pacers and the Sixers are gunning for. So can a team win without superstar? In today’s NBA, probably not. This is a star driven league and you even see that with the refs coddling of the stars. The Pacers and the Sixers have some similarities to that 03-04 Pistons team. They are young though and are hoping their player’s continue to develop. If either team wanted to make a splash for a superstar they both have the young talent to trade. For now, they are trying to prove everyone wrong.