Ben Hansbrough has been elevated to backup point guard of the Indiana Pacers ahead of D.J. Augustin.
"I think D.J. has been in a slump this year," Frank Vogel said. "Our bench as an unit has been struggling. D.J. is not in any way solely responsible, but I don't want to change the whole bench and throw everybody upside down. We'll change one part and see if it has any impact."
The Pacers' bench has struggled this season.
Hansbrough outworked Blake Ahearn and Sundiata Gaines to make the making day roster, and now he's getting his shot to be George Hill's backup.
"That was one of my goals, to work my way into the rotation," said Hansbrough, who played overseas last season. "I bring high energy, tough play; just a little bit of everything out there."
"I'm not going to blame it on the minutes, I'm not going to blame it on anybody," Augustin said. "I just have to deal with it and try to get better."