Nov 14, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Miles Plumlee (13) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Pacers 99-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Revisiting Last Year’s Draft Picks


May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Orlando Johnson (11) shoots over New York Knicks small forward Quentin Richardson (55) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won the game 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

For every Paul George, there’s a Miles Plumlee.  For every Roy Hibbert, there’s a Miles Plumlee.  For every Lance Stephenson, there’s a you guessed it, Miles Plumlee.  As you can see, I wasn’t fond of last year’s first round pick in Miles Plumlee. It just didn’t seem to make any sense for this Pacers team, and he never even found playing time unless it was garbage time.  Even in those moments, Plumlee looked very out of place. Some guys are jus NBA ready, and some guys aren’t.  Plumlee to me fits in that latter category. I still don’t know what to expect out of this guy, and he’s someone that I don’t think will find much playing time this season.  He was never a big college player, so drafting him in the first round seemed like a reach for the Indiana Pacers, who usually excelled in picking.  Look at those first three names that I’ve mentioned, and you can see three of the starters for the team now.

But the Pacers did make up for it in that second round in trading for Orlando Johnson. This guy looks to be a good scoring option once he gets his legs underneath him.  I can still recall a couple of moments in Johnson’s playing time that I felt like he was ready to go.  One is the vivid memory of him taking a shot in the face of Dwayne Wade.  Now that to me is huge for a rookie of Johnson’s caliber to do.  He got to double figures a few times in the month of April, and scored 15 points in a win against Atlanta.  If Johnson can get close to double figures consistently, you’ll see plenty more of him this season. I already believe that the Pacers will use Johnson so much more off the bench, and we’ll see what kind of pick he was.

This year’s draft is definitely wide open as I’ve seen three different mock drafts for the team, and three different picks.  This year isn’t that strong of a draft class, so I do believe whoever the Pacers pick up will probably fall into the Plumlee category of playing time unless they really impress.  But all players on a team server a purpose, so I am sure in practices, those draft picks will be useful.  But hopefully, the Pacers make better use of their first round pick than they did last year.  This is the team to really fill a need for a team that has contention aspirations.  A team that could find that spark in the draft, and steal away a title from the Miami Heat this upcoming season.  That’s where the Pacers need to look to draft.

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  • metalhead65

    we get it you don’t like the guy but it’s not like he was a top 10 pick or a top 15 one for that matter. they were looking for size to develop and he fit. they never expected him to start and it may be another year before he has any impact but when /if he develops they will have the big guy they need. he is 7 feet tall and worth the risk.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      A lot of people didn’t like that pick. I understand it was a late draft pick, and you weren’t going to get a starter. But at any pick, I want someone who can come in and contribute. When is Plumlee going to come in and contribute for this Pacers team? I just don’t see him as worth that risk. I would say he was a better pick up than some of the past draft picks, like Shawne Williams, David Harrison, Mark Pope, just to name a few. I will gladly eat my words if Miles Plumlee comes in with some sort of contribution this coming season. I just didn’t think he was NBA ready, and that’s what a lot of people have felt.