DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #13 Round 2: #52
|11. Jarryd Bayless||No first-round pick||17. Shawne Williams||17. Danny Granger|
|* Draft rights traded|
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.
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 Pacers.com 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.