Mar 21, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits guard Nate Wolters (3) moves the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Will The Pacers Choose Wisely?

I have the taken the liberty of viewing the NBA’s draft page and the mock draft they have posted.  Let’s hope that the Indiana Pacers don’t complete the most recent predictions by using their first round pick to choose a seven foot center and their second round pick to choose a point guard.  It appears to me that those choices would be at the very best backwards.

We already have a great center that has been more than effective along with showing great potential and room for even more improvement.  You might know him.  His name is Roy Hibbert and he averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in this past season not to mention 2.6 blocks.  Let’s not forget that Ian Mahinmi who filled the role of back-up very well for the Pacers although his effectiveness decreased over the course of season.  He averaged 5 points, 3.9 rebounds and just under one block per game during the regular season. It is very likely that Roy’s increased minutes and success were a huge factor in Mahinmi’s late season decline.

That being said Indiana is projected to choose a French center who goes by the name of Rudy Gobert.  He is 7’2” and known to be an all-around great player at his position.  His size makes him a road block for opposing offenses and he possesses a quickness and agility that are unusual for a player of his size.  Problem is we already have Hibbert.

I think that it would be in the Pacers best interest to use their first round selection to obtain a player such as Nate Wolters of South Dakota St.  He plays the point and is praised on his ball handling abilities, which is something the blue and gold desperately need in my opinion.  He has shown signs of being able to create his own shot.   Although he lacks the speed and quickness of many players his basketball knowledge allows him to use his body and angles to get and complete the shots he needs to.  A prolific scorer in college tells me that he has several qualities that Indiana would need to become the NBA Champions they hope to be.  He is expected to go a few picks after the Pacers so I believe that he should be available once Indiana is on the clock.

Draft day is in less than a week and short of trade I haven’t heard about let’s hope that our beloved team uses their selections for positions needed rather than simply selecting the best available player.

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