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Ben Hansbrough replaces Augustin as backup point guard

Ben Hansbrough replaces Augustin as backup point guard

Obviously, something was up.

As the Pacers shot around to close out their practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, Frank Vogel and Brian Shaw both stopped by to talk with Ben Hansbrough as he shot free throws. Not long after that, starting point guard George Hill gave Hansbrough some pointers in the halfcourt offense.

By then it was obvious that Hansbrough had been promoted to the backup point guard spot previously occupied by D.J. Augustin, a move Vogel described as “for the short term.”

“D.J.’s been in a slump this year,” Vogel said. “Our bench as a unit has been struggling and D.J. is not solely responsible, but I don’t want to change the whole bench and throw everybody upside-down. We’ll change one guy and see if it has an impact.”

Augustin, signed to a one-year free agency contract over the summer after starting in Charlotte, has averaged just 3.2 points on 27 percent shooting while playing 13 minutes per game.

Hansbrough, younger brother of backup forward Tyler, has made three game appearances for a total of 13 minutes, and scored four points. He generally performed well in the preseason, with his best game coming in a win over Minnesota when he had 10 points and seven assists – with five points and six assists coming in the fourth quarter.

“I’ve waited on this opportunity for a long time,” he said. “I just have to make the most of it.”

Augustin accepted the demotion without complaint.

“I just have to be professional and come to work every day,” he said.

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Mark Montieth has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, columnist, and feature writer for major media entities, and his work has been featured both in Indiana and across the country. This is his second full season contributing to Pacers.com, though he spent many years as the team's beat writer for the Indianapolis Star. Montieth also hosts a radio show called "One on One" on 1070 the Fan.

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