Indiana Pacers draft options: Moses Moody vs. Josh Giddey

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Is Josh Giddey a better option for the Indiana Pacers?

Australian sensation Josh Giddey has also been mocked to the Pacers in recent mock drafts as the long-term answer at point guard. Giddey, a 6-foot-8 ball-handler with remarkable passing ability, could be an immediate impact player in Indiana’s backcourt.

Even with Malcolm Brogdon currently serving as the point guard and Caris LeVert dabbling in that role a bit as well, Indiana lacks a true point guard with a pass-first mentality. Giddey brings that to the table and will likely be available at the end of the lottery.

If the wings are gone and Indiana is forced to choose between the available guards, Josh Giddey probably makes the most sense for the future. Drafting him would also put pressure on Brogdon to step up next season while also giving the Pacers some insurance in case of more injuries in the backcourt.

I firmly believe Brogdon and LeVert both serve better as off-ball guards but LeVert may be more capable of being the primary ball-handler given his ability to create shots. Brogdon is an excellent knockdown shooter with range and the ability to cut to the rim for easy finishes. That said, sliding someone else into the point guard role and allowing those two to thrive elsewhere might be the best fit for the Pacers.

Giddey may not be as valuable to Indiana as a backup guard early on but his value down the road could be immense. In his first season, developing a rapport with second-unit teammates like Goga Bitadze and Justin Holiday could be a huge victory for Indiana.