2. Jarace Walker is exactly what this roster needed.
Jarace Walker is an enforcer on the defensive end. His offense is raw and needs development, but the feel on defense is evident and will be most impactful on this Pacers’ roster. His nose for the ball is impressive, and he uses his athleticism to magnify it. He’ll cover up a multitude of perimeter mistakes when paired with Myles Turner in the Pacers’ frontcourt.
Walker averaged 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists along with 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in 4 games of summer league action. He has a knack for poking the ball free and rotating back for help-side blocks on defense, but his playmaking ability is an underrated aspect of his game. He had a behind-the-back pass to Isaiah Jackson and an impressive touch pass to Bennedict Mathurin in his first summer league game alone. Walker’s playmaking skill at the power forward spot will allow the Pacers to run some creative sets.