4 tenacious rebounders the Indiana Pacers could trade for right now

Myles Turner - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs

Rightfully inhibiting those in the Indiana Pacers roster for reasons of prudence, I will confidently claim that Jakob Poeltl is the most underrated player in the NBA. Of course, underrated has been a growingly overrated descriptor in sports discourse, but he has silently operated as one of the best all-around big men in the league in recent years.

The San Antonio Spurs have (deliberately) stunk this season. With their eyes set on the future, Poeltl, an upcoming free agent, could easily find himself on the trading block for financial reasons, as his current club can only offer him so much given league rules.

If so, the Pacers should strongly consider him as a potential Myles Turner replacement. The Austrian doesn’t provide nearly any of the former’s three-point shooting ability. He isn’t the flashiest shot blocker, but Poeltl has a throwback game centered on efficiency, court awareness, and finesse.

In addition to his noteworthy rebounding prowess (sixth in the league in offensive rebounds per 36 minutes), Poeltl is a deft defensive anchor with some pizzazz as a high post playmaker and a sneaky good floater game who should be cheaper than Turner.

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