The Pacers only have one pick in tonight´s 2014 NBA Draft. And it is the 57th overall selection. So, as explored eariler, we know they are unlikely to get anyone of import.
Still, there is a player to be taken.
So who will it be?
Bleacher Report offered this summation of recent mock draft prognostications.
Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report): Lamar Patterson, SG, Pittsburgh
Sam Amico (Fox Sports Ohio): Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona
Alex Kennedy (Basketball Insiders): Jordan Bachynski, C, Arizona State
Gary Parrish (CBS Sports): Bryce Cotton, PG, Providence
Zach Harper (CBS Sports): Markel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State
Matt Moore (CBS Sports): Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Colorado
Draft Express: Ioannis Papapetrou, SF, Olympiakos (Greece)
NBADraft.net: Alec Brown, C, Wisconsin-Green Bay
We also know that Larry Bird brought in Mike Moser of the University of Oregon for a workout earlier this week. Moser is a 23-year-old (24 in November) 6´8¨ forward who played four years of NCAA basketball.
He was an honorable mention for the All-American team in 2012 for UNLV. Oddly, however, he also played for UCLA (as a freshmen before transferring to Las Vegas) and the University of Oregon (where he completed his studies and played last season).
Here is more, via Indy Cornrows.
Per Draft Express, Moser is ranked as the 73rd best prospect for the NBA draft, which would put him on the outside looking in. But with a late pick in the second round, it wouldn’t be a huge reach for the Pacers select Moser at number 57.
Moser best skill is something the Pacers are severely lacking, shooting. As a shooting big man, Moser can space the floor and be effective on the pick and pop – like the Atlanta Hawks were in round one of the playoffs.
As a 33.2 percent career three-point shooter in college Moser doesn’t appear to have great track record from three. But in his final season he got to play in an up tempo, free flowing offense at Oregon, and he shot 37.8 percent from three.
Previously, the Pacers also worked out several other prospects. According to the team, these included:
- Keith Appling (Michigan State)
- Andre Dawkins (Duke)
- James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina)
- Jake Odum (Indiana State)
- Ronald Roberts (St. Joseph’s)
- Scottie Wilbekin (Florida)
- Davion Berry (Weber State)
- DeAndre Daniels (Connecticut)
- Will Sheehey (Indiana)
- Russ Smith (Louisville)
- Xavier Thames (San Diego St.)
- Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
After watching videos of some other players on DraftExpress and talking with other 8p9s writers, I´ll also throw DeAndre Kane of Iowa State and Joe Harris into the mix of players who could be a good fit for Indiana.
The IndyStar also offered a few other names.
George is the Pacers’ best player, but a stronger backup would be a big help. Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim and Oklahoma’s Cameron Clark deserve consideration as ready-to-play options.
It´s nearly impossible to predict who will go this late in a draft. But hopefully for the Pacers, one of these names — or one not mentioned that they take — turns out to be the always-coveted, rarely seen late-second-round gem.