Mar 21, 2013; Lexington , KY, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Rotnei Clarke (15) shoots against Bucknell Bison guard Ryan Frazier (32) in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Rupp Arena. Butler defeated Bucknell 68-56. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Rotnei Clark Could Work Well for Indiana Pacers

March 2, 2013; Richmond, VA USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Rotnei Clarke (15) shoots the ball as Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Treveon Graham (21) looks on in the first half at the Siegel Center. The Rams won 84-52. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve been looking at the names of guys brought in to work out for the Indiana Pacers, and Rotnei Clark’s name actually caught my eye.  I’m a big Butler basketball fan, so I have seen plenty of his game, and if the Pacers wanted a scoring threat, he’s a guy to really look at.  He made a huge impact at Butler in only one year of playing, and even missed a few games due to that neck injury.  But he brought some toughness to the team along with the scoring ability.  You want a guy to roll off a score and shoot a three, Clark is that perfect fit.  You want someone to take a deep shot with not much time remaining, Clark is that guy.

Some things that would need to shore up in his game to really make an impact would be his ball handling skills.  Against pressure, he sometimes struggled and was turnover prone.  In the NBA, he’d probably be a smaller guy too, so the size could be a factor.  But those dribbling skills would have to improve if he’s not able to get a good shot in the open court.

I like his game enough though to feel like the Pacers should take a chance and draft him probably in the second round.  Heck they took a swing with Miles Plumlee last year in the first round, and I feel like that’s still a big miss.  So why not draft this guy in the first round if he’s available?  You want that scoring off the bench, which is a glaring issue for the Pacers, and Clark could fill that void.  He’d give Orlando Johnson a run for his money at the two position, and that’s always a good thing to have some guys battling for playing time.  I feel like that makes each guy work harder, so why not draft Rotnei Clark?

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