So when the trade went down, I don’t think that many Pacers fans were over the moon at acquiring Jordan Nwora. I mean sure, he is a good basketball player, but he had yet to do much of anything in the NBA. In fact, it appeared that many Bucks fans were HAPPY to be rid of him on the roster.
But the Pacers experience with Nwora has been exactly the opposite with many fans being excited about how good he has looked and especially given the fact that the Pacers were essentially paid to take him in second round draft picks.
Nwora has looked every bit capable of filling the role of a long-term fix at power forward for the Pacers, although we will see what the team decides to do in this year’s draft. However, he has hardly looked the part of a player who’s previous team was happy to be rid of him.
This season with the Pacers he is averaging the following: 12 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2 assists, 38% FG3. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a solid rotational player to me.
This Pacers front office continues to find diamonds in the rough with Nwora being the latest example.
Players like Haliburton, Jalen Smith, and now Jordan Nwora were all players that weren’t put in the right role for their first team, two of which were championship contenders. However, once they came to the Pacers this season and were put in the correct role, they flourished.
I do have my concerns that we continue to not go after a bigger star player to play alongside of Haliburton, but for now, this Pacers team continues to find low-cost high-upside rotational players that play alongside Haliburton and company.
The trade will seem even more like a steal once we see what those second round picks turn in to as well, but for now, this looks like a major win for the Indiana Pacers.