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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #13 Round 2: #52

Draft History
2008: 2007: 2006: 2005:
11. Jarryd Bayless No first-round pick 17. Shawne Williams 17. Danny Granger
* Draft rights traded      


  • 36–46


  • 109.8 (17th)


  • 111.0 (19th)

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

Offense. The Pacers can score. They averaged 105.1 points per game, fifth in the league, but they played at the league's third-fastest pace, making them 17th in offensive efficiency per 100 possessions. They still had Granger, the 2009 Most Improved Player. Granger poured in 25.8 points per game, good for fifth in the league. Murphy averaged a double-double with 14.3 points and 11.8 boards per game. After that, everything is up for grabs.

Needs Work:

A little bit of everything. The point guard situation, with Jack, a restricted free agent, and Ford, inconsistent, is unsettled. With Dunleavy's injury, they need help at shooting guard. They need more bulk across the front line, they need more scorers, they need more depth on the bench. They also need a more concerted effort on defense. The Pacers tried to outscore people and couldn't manage to do it, giving up 106.2 points per game, fifth-worst in the NBA.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 16.4 -- Danny Granger's career scoring average, third highest for any Pacers draft choice
  • 20 -- Years since the Pacers had a top 10 pick (George McCloud at No. 7)

The Way To Go:

After a run of 16 postseason appearances in 17 seasons, the Pacers have missed the Playoffs the past three seasons. After winning 36 games in 2007, the Pacers looked poised to return to the Playoffs, but a knee injury to Dunleavy helped slow those plans.

With the 13th potential pick in the Lottery, the Pacers have a 96 percent chance of staying put. Will they be able to get a player of impact? Conrad Brunner at documents some of the names plucked at No. 13: Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, Richard Jefferson and Jalen Rose.

Whether the Pacers get a player of that caliber is unlikely, but they can still get help at shooting guard (Dunleavy's spot). They may also want to look at a backup point guard. Jack is a restricted free agent and Ford started only 49 games.

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