The Indiana Pacers have had numerous prospect workouts as the NBA draft draws closer. The team will have two more big workouts this week, now A.J. Griffin is set to be in town on Monday and Johnny Davis will be in Indiana on Tuesday.
Johnny Davis was originally set to work out on Monday but was pushed back a day due to a scheduling conflict. Last week, the Pacers brought in Bennedict Mathurin and Dyson Daniels as those names might be of intrigue with the sixth pick in this draft.
Note: Jeremy Sochan missed his workout with the team due to a flight issue getting to Indianapolis. I believe the team is trying to reschedule a workout but it is unknown when that will be.
Both A.J. Griffin and Johnny Davis will have their own player workout with the Indiana Pacers.
- A.J. Griffin: Monday, June 13th for workout No. 8
- Johnny Davis: Tuesday, June 14th for workout No. 9
Unlike previous workouts where players would showcase their skills with a small group of players, the Pacers are starting to bring in players for solo work. Bennedict Mathurin was the first player to receive this solo treatment which took place last Friday.
I think A.J. Griffin is an exciting workout because of how good he can shoot the ball. Born in 2003, Griffin is a young prospect that already has a go-to skill that is the three-ball. He shot 44.7% on 4.1 three-point attempts per game in his freshman season at Duke.
He is athletic, has a lot of upside on the defensive end of the floor, and has room to grow physically and mentally. He currently stands at a 6’6” frame to pair with his 222lbs, his size is a plus. Griffin doesn’t stand out as a passer, but his ability to space the floor in a Rick Carlisle offense is certainly exciting and I am glad the team is able to bring him in to take a closer look at his all-around skill set.
If there were any system in which Griffin to thrive, Carlisle’s is certainly on the top of the list.
Johnny Davis excites on the defensive end of the court as well as a solid mid-range game. His three-point percentage fell off in his last season in Wisconsin, but his hustle is consistent on both ends of the ball.
His defense is some of the best in this draft class and that is certainly what the Pacers would love to have on their team. Davis averaged 19.7 points per game this season at Wisconsin along with 8.7 rebounds which is great for his size. He stands at 6’5” and 197lbs.
Johnny Davis feels like a bigger T.J. McConnell in terms of effort. He is always active and is just a pest on the defensive side of the ball. There are a few prospects that I would like to see the Indiana Pacers take with the sixth pick this year, but I can see scenarios involving trading back or acquiring an additional pick.