Domantas Sabonis is the center of the Pacers’ new and improved universe

CBS Sports

Domantas Sabonis was an All-Star last season. Now he is a supernova. He opened the season with a 32-13-5 stat line, had a 22-point triple-double in his next game and a game-winner the night after that. Sabonis has not slowed down since being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 6-3 start with coach Nate Bjorkgren at the helm. On Saturday, he had 28 points and 22 rebounds against the Phoenix Suns, the first 20-20 game of his career. 

Sabonis is not the only reason why the Indiana Pacers have the sixth-best offense in the NBA, but he is their driving force. In the post, he is the same hit-first, hit-second power player he always was, with the same soft-touch and passing ability that made him an ideal fulcrum for Nate McMillan's offense for three years. The new Nate has put him in a position to be even more dangerous on the block, while allowing him to broaden his horizons. Sabonis has long been one of the best dribble-handoff guys in the league, but until this year he was always the guy handing it off. This is different:

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