TrueHoop Network Mock Draft: The Indiana Pacers Select...

ESPN’s TrueHoop Network is conducting a mock draft using the member bloggers.  Here’s a recap of the activity leading up to my projection of the Pacers’ pick at #10:

1. Washington – John Wall (Kyle Weidie of Truth About

2. Philadelphia – Evan Turner (Carey Smith of Philadunkia)

3. New Jersey – Derrick Favors (Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching)

4. Minnesota – Wesley Johnson (Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves)

5. Sacramento – DeMarcus Cousins (Zach Harper of Cowbell Kingdom)

6. Golden State – Greg Monroe (Rasheed Malek of

7. Detroit – Ekpe Udoh (Dan Feldman of PistonPowered)

8. L.A. Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu (D.J. Foster of ClipperBlog)

9. Utah – Xavier Henry (Spencer Hall of Salt City Hoops)

With the 10th pick in the first annual TrueHoop Network Mock Draft, the Indiana Pacers select…

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Paul George of Fresno State University

Rationale: The bigs that the Pacers were really interested in — Monroe, Aminu and Udoh — are all off the board.  I don’t think that they would draft Ed Davis to keep him, as he’s maybe three or four years away from being a contributor and doesn’t look to have huge upside. And the only other big to really consider here, Cole Aldrich, is too redundant to Roy Hibbert.

Other rumbles have the Pacers targeting Avery Bradley here, who makes sense as a perimeter defender, but is a bit of a stretch at pick #10. Also, he’s more of a 2 than a 1. In fact, I told Jared that’s who I was going to draft but then went back and re-read some notes and scouting reports and changed my mind. It’s possible that they go that direction, but I think they’ll end up liking Paul George as a more versatile, more NBA-ready player. He could potentially take Rush’s job at the 2. Or, if Murphy is traded away, he could even end up playing some “stretch” 4 in the system. Overall, he looks like a very strong defender for the 3, a good defender at 4 and a passable-to-solid defender at the 2.

More than anything, however, the choices left in this mock draft underscore how much the Pacers really are — and probably should be — looking to trade down or out of this draft. Indiana, most of all, needs guard help and there isn’t a lot they can get at pick #10 that’s better than what they can get even after the lottery. Thus, I would be very surprised if the Pacers have this pick come draft night.

The New Orleans Hornets are now on the clock

Here’s how the rest of ESPN’s True Hoop Network is projecting the draft (click on link to see each team’s write up).

11. New Orleans – Cole Aldrich (Joe Gerrity of Hornets247)

12. Memphis – Ed Davis (Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue)

13. Toronto – Avery Bradley (Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic)

14. Houston – Patrick Patterson (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm)

15. Milwaukee – Gordon Hayward (Jeremy Schmidt of

16. Minnesota – Hassan Whiteside (Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves)

17. Chicago – Luke Babbitt (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm)

18. Miami – Eric Bledsoe (Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops)

19. Boston – James Anderson (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm)

20. San Antonio – Damion James (Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell)

21. Oklahoma City – Daniel Orton (Royce Young of

22. Portland – Solomon Alabi (Ezra Ace Caraeff of The Portland Roundball Society)

23. Minnesota – Kevin Seraphin (Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves)

24. Atlanta – Larry Sanders (Bret LaGree of Hoopinion)

25. Memphis – Dominique Jones (Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue)

26. Oklahoma City – Tibor Pleiss (Royce Young of

27. New Jersey – Jordan Crawford (Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching)

28. Memphi – Elliot Williams (Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue)

29. Orlando – Quincy Pondexter (Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball)

30. Washington – Craig Brackins (Kyle Weidie of Truth About

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  • peter

    Interesting article. I like Paul George at 10. Back a few month ago when the first mocks were coming out he was a lot lower, but since shot up the boards. I think he could be the 3rd piece to a triple threat with Granger and Hibbert. However, I agree with you that the Pacers will probably trade this pick. Obviously, the Pacers need a PG, but they also need a host of players at other positions as well. Trading seems inevitable.

    I have a trade idea I would like others to comment on. The other day on ESPN it was stated that Chicago was looking to free up cap and was even willing to part with their 1st round pick. My initial idea was to trade our two 2nd round picks for the Bulls 1st, but that did not seem plausible since they would want more in return. Then I thought, Hinrich and the 17th Pick for Ford and our two 2nds. First question, why would Chicago want Ford not Murphy? Ford’s contract is less than Hinrich’s, so they will see immediate cap relief. However, the full benefit will have to come next year due to having to accept roughly equal salary in return. Obviously, the Bulls have cap room to be a player in FA this summer, but want room in a couple of years to resign Rose. Hinrich seems a logical piece to trade. As far as Hinrich as a player, his numbers have been down since Rose arrived but are still good, and I think a change of scenery will help him return to form. Furthermore, he is a much better 3pt shooter than Ford and has a better Assist to T.O. ratio. Notwithstanding, the Pacers still need to find a PG for the future, but this gives them the leeway to not to be forced to make other moves for a PG this year. Thus, it allows the Pacers to conduct trades to obtain max value in return, not just trades that involve PGs. Furthermore if trading our 10th and Murphy for Collision and Okafor is our best value, we could still do it, since Hinrich only has two more years left on his contract. This will free up room to resign Collison later. Or if we could stay put to draft Paul George with respect to this mock, take a PF/C at 17, and get a PG in the future. Comments.

  • legend

    We should definitely not draft a backup to Granger who plays heavy minutes. And DEFINITELY should not plan on playing George at the 4… what are we the Warriors, do we love mediocrity that much? I like George, but he’s also NOT a two-guard, not near enough handle. There are better true guards in the draft. With the #10 you have to draft a project versus immediate impact. We should definitely trade the pick over adding George. I guarantee that this 8.9″.com prediction is wrong.

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  • aaronb

    Someone suggested on another site that the Clippers might be interested in a Danny Granger for Eric Gordon and the 8th pick swap.

    If its on the table, and I am Larry Bird. I jump all over that.

    Granger is 27 and has only averaged 64 games per season over the last 2. He will likely be over 30 before the Pacers could surround him with any NBA level talent.

    With Gordon and potentially Ed Davis and Paul George at 8 and 10. Along with Roy Hibbert. The Pacers could be looking at 2-5 filled with young exciting 23 and unders. Who can in theory grow and mature together.

    Sure as heck beat Larry Bird using 10 on Gordon Heyward in an effort to sell tickets and yet another 30 win late lotto team. Or as I call it the “6 year groundhog day plan”.

  • Tim Donahue

    Thanks for your comments, guys.

    Peter – I think I’d be intrigued by the Hinrich deal, but Chicago probably less so. The big obstacle there from the Pacers’ side is that they end up adding salary. The Hinrich contract for 2012 could probably be managed, but by my calculations, the Pacers would end up between $2-3 million over the luxury tax this coming year, and I’m doubtful that they’d want to do that.

    legend – As I noted in my comments, given the choices available at #10, I’d prefer a trade, and I’m sure that the Pacers would, as well. As far as projects go, I’m not a big fan. Very few of them actually work out, and the ones available in this mock (and this draft in general) – Whiteside, Bledsoe, Orton, Davis – look a lot more like “unique fixer-upper opportunities,” than “diamonds in the rough.” In this draft, George was the best available player, capable of playing three positions in an NBA that has fewer and fewer big men. Bird may not select George, but he’s a real possibility in this scenario.

    aaronb – Gordon and #8 is very tempting, indeed, and I’d probably do it. However…the Clippers won’t. According to Kevin Arnovitz, the guys inside the Clippers organization consider Gordon pretty close to untouchable. Also, this deal probably ends up chewing up about 1/3 of their open capspace, dropping them to about $11-12mm in space. Do the Clippers think they’re better off with Danny vs. Gordon/#8/Medium-to-big name FA? I don’t think they will.

    I doubt that deal is on the table.

  • aaron b

    Certainly a bummer to hear there is no validity to the Granger/Gordon rumors.

    I wonder if adding a Troy Murphy or Jeff Foster would sway anything from their side? Serviceable bigs with expiring deals that could aid them right now.

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