Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (left) passes the ball away from Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke during the second half of the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Mock Draft 2013: Indiana Pacers Select Peyton Siva

Another look at another mock draft for the Indiana Pacers, and this time it’s DraftExpress, who in the second round predict that the Pacers could pick up Peyton Siva out of Louisville.  There’s a key word that jumps out to me as far as Siva goes, athleticism.  Athleticism at the point guard position is something that the Pacers would absolutely love to have.  When’s the last time those words have even been together for an Indiana Pacers point guard?  I would love to have this drive who can work off pick and rolls, drive in the lane, create for himself, and lead on the floor like a point guard should.

Those are aspects of his game that I think would fit in nicely for the Indiana Pacers.  Peyton Siva is a guy who played all four years of college, so you know you’ll get a guy who’s been around the block.  He just competed in the National Championship game for Louisville, and was part of that winning team.  He played under Rick Pitino, one of the great college coaches, so you know he’ll be ready to compete in the NBA.  These things are just highlighting to me someone the Pacers will have to give a few looks to, and if he’s around, pick him up.

I think he would fit in well as the back up point guard. He’d be a rookie, but you know this Pacers team doesn’t have many options at that point guard position anyways, so why not?  I think if he could come in and work with the second unit, he could do some nice things for the team. It might take time to meld, but that’s why Danny Granger coming off the bench would be ideal. You have that veteran presence out with young guys like Orlando Johnson and possibly Siva, and you have the makings of something special off the bench.  Siva could be a liability with his shot selection, but I don’t think he would be called upon to score that much.  If he can find himself those open looks, then that would be the way to go.

This is a guy that I am really liking, and hopefully the Indiana Pacers will be there ready to pick him up.  It could be quite a steal for the team in that second round.  He has a great chance of making the roster, and making an impact.

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