The 2022 NBA Draft is just less than a week away, and the Indiana Pacers will finally get to pick the prospect that could accelerate their quick and rare rebuild.
While all eyes are on the team’s draft strategy with the sixth overall selection, the franchise also possesses the foremost pick in the second round.
Owners of the 31st pick in the draft, the Pacers will still have a wide amplitude of prospects to choose from, especially those who may fall out of the first round. This will play to their benefit, as the upcoming rookie pool has a lot of prospects who are worthy to be picked in the earlier phase of the draft.
That being said, here is our updated Big Board for the Blue and Gold in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft.
NBA Draft Big Board: Ranking the best prospects for the Indiana Pacers in the second round
10. Jaylin Williams, Arkansas (PF)
The Indiana Pacers need a true power forward on their roster. If they fail to nab their target on this regard in the first round, Arkansas’ Jaylin Williams should be on their radar. While he’s not a top option for them at no. 31, he fills a need for the team with his athleticism, scoring variety, and defense. He’s also a good rebounder and a viable passer for his position, though his jump shot needs work.
9. Josh Minott, Memphis (PF)
Josh Minott is a conventional power forward who could also be an option for the Pacers in the second round. Stable on both ends of the floor, the Memphis alum excels on defense, where he proved to be an impeccable rebounder and shot blocker for the Tigers in college. His lack of an outside shot and ball handling skills could hold him back, though.
8. Gabriele Procida, Bologna (SG/SF)
The Pacers have to address their three-point shooting woes last season. Thus, if they fill their most immediate need in the first round, they can gun for a perimeter threat in the second round. Italian prospect Gabriele Procida fits that bill, a skilled swingman who is rock solid from deep and boasts good athleticism.