NBA Draft: Detailed mock explains how Haliburton could find co-star

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Our draft grade if this is how the 2023 draft pans out: A+(+)

If we could give this a double A plus we absolutely would. The Pacers would get an almost certainty in Cam Whitmore out of Villanova, a high upside guy in Dariq Whitehead out of Duke, and another forward for a position in need from Phillips out of Tennessee.

We think this would create a phenomenal second draft since the acquisition of Tyrese Haliburton and set the Pacers up with a sure foundation as they look to climb to compete in the Eastern Conference in a few years. And pending if one of these standouts were to turn into an all-star level player, the Pacers could become competitive much faster than they likely intiially had hoped.

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However, there is always the chance that the Pacers try to package these picks and turn them into an already established all-star, although only time will tell what the front office is thinking for the next offseason.