5. Draymond Green – took Miles Plumlee
Of the last two decades, one of the most dominant franchises has been the Golden State Warriors led, in part, by three main pieces: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. And in 2012, the Pacers had the opportunity to draft one of those three pieces.
Draymond Green was an available piece to nearly every team in the NBA given that he was drafted in the second round. The Michigan State product didn’t seem to have a natural fit in the NBA, so nobody really blames NBA execs for being hesitant. It appeared that Green would simply be an undersized big man in the NBA who wasn’t able to hold his own.
On the other hand, the Pacers drafted Miles Plumlee out of Duke. Plumlee looked to have a decent amount of upsdie and was probably a safer pick than Green in terms of fit in the NBA. However, Plumlee didn’t play for long in the NBA, playing only for seven seasons (only one of which was with the Indiana Pacers). And while he is far from the biggest draft disappointment the Pacers have ever had, some of the players that went behind him are mind-boggling. Including the next player on our list.