Indiana Pacers Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Indiana Pacers heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 48-34 2018-19 W/L: 48-34

Finished 5th in the eastern conference (Lost to Boston 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs)

Team Needs: SG, SF, PF

Free Agents: Thaddeus Young, Tyreke Evans, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Cory Joseph, Kyle O’Quinn, Wesley Matthews

Under Contract: Victor Oladipo, Doug Mcdermott, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Leaf, Aaron Holiday, Alize Johnson

Team Option: Edmond Sumner

Pick 1: 1st Round-18th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Carsen Edwards

SG/SF: Kevin Porter Jr., Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Nassir Little, Romeo Langford

PF/C: Brandon Clarke, Bruno Fernando, Goga Bitadze, PJ Washington, Rui Hachimura

Pick 2: 2nd Round-50th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jalen Lecque, Shamorie Ponds, Ky Bowman, Jared Harper, Jordan Bone, Jaylen Hands

SG/SF: Chuma Okeke, Miye Oni, Daquan Jeffries, Zach Norvell Jr., Darius Bazley

PF/C: Tacko Fall, Eric Paschall, Simisola Shittu

The Pacers made the playoffs the past two seasons but they have not had much success in the postseason after losing 4-0 to the Celtics in the first round. They played well during the season as a whole and not getting a postseason win in the first round was not fully evident of the team they put on the floor, however it did show that they have some pieces to build around going forward. Victor Oladipo has become one of the better guards in the league, and while a team can never be one hundred percent sure how well a player will return from injury, he is expected to be a leader of the team in the years to come. Myles Turner is a young talent that has a good size and a versatile offensive skill set which fits in well with the offense that Indiana prefers to run. Bojan Bogdanovic played very well in his time with the team, but as a free agent it is possible that he will be headed elsewhere next season. They will have plenty of cap space to be able to go after some of the bigger names in free agency, and while only time will tell whether or not they can acquire some of those players, it would not be a surprise to see them in consideration. Indiana has a chance to draft a potential impact player with a top 20 pick, and if they are to select a guard it could help buy time for whenever Oladipo is ready to return to game action. Carsen Edwards is an interesting option coming out of Indiana based Purdue, and while it would be considered a stretch to take him this high he could be a potential fit if they are looking to take a point guard. Nickeil Alexander-Walker could be available and he would make sense with his combo guard abilities, and if Kevin Porter or Tyler Herro are still on the board they would be in consideration. If they elect to go with a power forward or center, depending on who is available they could have the opportunity to take Bol Bol, Brandon Clarke or Bruno Fernando. 

Indiana’s second pick provides a chance for the team to take a college veteran or a more of a flyer pick with a young and possibly international prospect. Depending on what they elect to do with their first selection adding depth at the guard position would make sense, as would a big man that can spread the floor possessing a versatile skill set. There will be options at the shooting guard position this late in the draft that could potentially make a roster, but that will largely depend upon what prospects are still on the board when the Pacers are set to make their second pick. Daquan Jeffries has seen his draft stock increase significantly after the season ended with many draft analysts projecting him to go in the 50’s and he would be an option late in the draft. If they want to add depth at the point guard position prospects like Jared Harper, Jalen Lecque, and Jordan Bone could potentially do that. Despite the frontcourt players on the roster they could take someone like Dewan Hernandez or Simisola Shittu with the idea that they could develop into legitimate NBA players. If we were drafting for the Pacers we would take a shooting guard like Tyler Herro or Kevin Porter Jr. with the 18th pick, and then a small forward or another wing with size that could provide scoring for the franchise going forward. Their roster will largely be shaped by what they elect to do in free agency, however they have an opportunity to take a couple of young players that could play a big part of their success as the team looks to break through in the playoffs.  

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