Pacers Draft Georges Niang with 50th Overall Pick

by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

The Indiana Pacers have drafted Iowa State forward Georges Niang with the 50th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Niang, a 6-9 forward, averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game as a senior for the Cyclones.

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"We thought Niang (was) really one of the best playmakers in college basketball," Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard said about the pick. "They pick-and-pop him, they give him the ball, he makes a lot of assists, he can shoot it...We didn't think he'd get to 50. We had him a lot higher on the board."

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Niang worked out for the Pacers in their seventh and final pre-draft workout on Friday, June 17.

"The pick-and-roll game is (big). If your (power forward) can dive but also pick-and-pop and shoot the ball, drive the ball and make quick decision plays, that's what we saw in that workout," Pritchard said. "Against bigger guys. Believe it or not, that workout was really important to us."

"He's super crafty," Pritchard added. "He knows how to use his body. He's got the spin moves, he does all that and he knows how to be on the right position on defense, too."

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Kevin Pritchard Post-Draft Press Conference

June 24, 2016 - Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard addresses the media after the conclusion of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Pacers drafted Iowa State forward Georges Niang with the 50th overall pick.

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Kevin Pritchard Post-Draft Press Conference

June 24, 2016 - Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard addresses the media after the conclusion of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Pacers drafted Iowa State forward Georges Niang with the 50th overall pick.
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Kevin Pritchard on Georges Niang

June 24, 2016 - After the 2016 NBA Draft, Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard met with the media to discuss the team's selection of Iowa State's Georges Niang. Indiana took Niang with the 50th overall pick.
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Draft Workouts: Georges Niang

June 17, 2016 - Iowa State product Georges Niang worked out with the Pacers on Friday afternoon and spoke to Pacers.com's Wheat Hotchkiss about his mindset as the 2016 NBA Draft rapidly approaches.
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Pritchard on Impact of Niang's Pre-Draft Workout

June 23, 2016 - At the Pacers post-draft press conference on Thursday night, General Manager Kevin Pritchard discussed the importance of draft selection Georges Niang's recent pre-draft workout at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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