With the NBA Draft fast approaching, and the Early Entry List set, it's time to examine more in depth some of the players who could be available for each of the Pacers three picks. (I am operating under the assumption Dallas will be sending us their 2nd round pick this year, not next, to complete the Shawne Williams deal. June 1st is the final deadline for Dallas to decide.)
Obviously, the Pacers 1st Round pick is the most exciting and has the most potential for value. As we need a lot of improvement in all areas, I will be looking at players who should be available for all three picks. My plan is to post two profiles a day, for 2nd rounders, until the Draft Lottery on May 18th. After the team's first round position is finalized, I'll begin profiling 1st Rounders.
These profiles cover players I believe have some value to offer the Pacers next season and in the future. These profiles are not intended to advocate for one player over another, just examine their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss in some detail what they have to offer. For each profile I provided Ten Important Statistics to guide the discussion. When discussing how each player can help the Pacers I will try to specifically reference the team needs I identified in Setting the Table for the Pacers Summer. Here is who we will be looking at today:
Andrew Ogilvy - C - 7'0" 240 lbs. - Vanderbilt University
- Ogilvy is a terrific post scorer. He has a huge variety of effective moves, using both hands and shooting over both shoulders.
- He has a developing face-up game to go along with his post scoring acumen.
- He shoots a high percentage from the line, and uses his craftiness to draw a very high number of fouls.
- When left open, he has an effective mid-range jumpshot.
- Ogilvy has legitimate size for an NBA center.
- Some highlights:
- Ogilvy has very average athleticism. This limits him in several areas.
- His lack of quickness makes him a very vulnerable defender when switched out onto the perimeter.
- His lack of strength impacts his rebounding numbers.
- Ogilvy has an awkward shooting form which makes it difficult for him to shoot jumpshots when defended even moderately.
- His lackadasical effort and foul trouble, often keep him off the floor.
- He is very confident in his offensive game, and will frequently force shots through a double team instead of passing.
- He has numbers have regressed each of his last two years of college. He hasn't shown much willingness or ability to improve upon his identified weaknesses.
How he can help the Pacers -
- The Pacers have a lot of frontcourt players on the roster, but only two true centers, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Foster. Because of physical limitations and foul trouble, Hibbert's ceiling may be around 30 - 34 minutes a game. Foster has had injury problems and is only under contract for this season. As much as they would like to be looking for their future starter at power forward, the Pacers need to acknowledge that they may have a big hole at backup center as well.
- Regardless of his other limitations, Ogilvy should be able to come in and score reasonably well against most NBA front lines. The problem is that a lot of his skills and weaknesses duplicate those of Roy Hibbert. Ogilvy could be a reasonable long-term backup solution but he will need to put a lot of work in on his defense and rebounding.
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