Jun 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) reacts during a time out against the Miami Heat during the third quarter of game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Indiana Pacers Draft For Need

The Indiana Pacers have a couple of weeks to look over the players available for the draft, and a chance to really pick up one or two guys that can actually contribute to next season.  The Pacers sure did take a chance on Miles Plumlee last year, and look at what he did.  Playing only in garbage time, and even then he didn’t do much. I’m still questioning that pick by the front office. I don’t even know if he’ll play much on next season’s team as he just looks to be not that good.  But they did make a good choice in the second round with Orlando Johnson, who got those opportunities to come in and play some. I believe with a year under his belt, more work this summer, and a full training camp, he could be a solid bench guy that will do some good things for the team.  That means that the Pacers should work on this year’s draft to pick up someone that fits a need for the team.

With only two rounds, the Pacers have to be smart on their choices because they’ve got all the right pieces here for a great team, but could those extra pieces to make sure things hum along. If I’m drafting, I am looking at a big men because I don’t know the status of Tyler Hansbrough. Bringing in someone like him to step in behind Jeff Pendergraph at power forward could be an ideal pick up. But there’s another need that this Pacers’ team needs to fill, and that’s scoring off the bench.

If the Pacers can’t bring in some free agent to score, then look for the draft for someone to fill that void.  A guy that can come in and make sure you get some points out of him. Off the bench, a guy that can get double figures in a short time would be great for the Pacers.  Probably why it’s a smart idea to leave Danny Granger on the bench and Lance Stephenson in his starting role.  But there could be some rookie to play alongside Danny Granger in that bench position who could add some scoring punch, and this year’s bench would already been improved. That’s the most important void for the Indiana Pacers, the bench.

This draft isn’t exactly star power, and good luck trying to name who can really come in to contribute, but for this Pacers team, they could find that right bench guy to come in and play.  They just needed some extra punch on the bench, and I believe through the power of a good draft, they could end up finding that.

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