As the anticipation for the draft grows, Larry Bird has been more vocal about the need to add a dynamic scorer, and it is likely that we will keep the 15th pick. Now the Pacers have two glaring need, one is the aforementioned dynamic scorer which Larry is set to pick up with the 15th, the other glaring need is another big who will rebound and provide a inside presence. And yes, rebounding is a huge need for the Pacers. There is general misunderstanding by a lot of people as to how good of a rebounding team the Pacers were last season, the truth is they weren't good and they weren't bad, according to the complete nba team stats, the Pacers ranked 15th overall in terms of rebounding differentials with a +.27 average differential per game. Now the Pacers were also 7th best in the league last year in terms of opponent field goal percentage at a .447 clip however, the Pacers were only 17 league wide in terms of overall opponent scoring average per game allowing on average of 100.87 ppg. Now, how does the 7th best team in fg defense give up the 13th most amount of points? simple, the Pacers did a very poor job creating extra opportunities for themselves and limiting their opponents to as few possessions as possible. second opportunities which are generated by steals and rebounds. Now, here a small risk proposal to help add depth to our front court:
then use the 30th pick to draft Jajuan Johnson.
Why this trade works , the Bulls are desperate for shooting guards. Brandon Rush has can score in bunches when he's on or when he feels like, shoots very well from the three, hence will space the court for Rose. Brandon Rush also defends well, so he should be a match for the bulls. Why the Pacers do it, well if Larry Bird keeps his word, we will likely be seeing another wing player being drafted at the 15. If we add another wing player, where does that leave Rush? The answer is at the end of the bench, so why not turn Brandon into something worth while.
And of course the Pacers also get Jajuan Johnson. Now, much has been documented about his lack of frame and there are no arguments against it, Jajuan is very slender. Now, aside from his frame, Jajuan is one of the most well rounded power forwards and Big men in this draft. Here's draftnet's scouting report on him: http://www.nbadraft.net/players/jajuan-johnson . Jajuan can score, can run the floor, is very agile and versatile, blocks shots and is a good rebounder. The 30th pick is the perfect range for him. Remember that guy Magnum Rolle? yeah, Jajuan is a lot like him but much better. A comparison with anthony Randolph is also not very far away. so why not give Jajuan a chance given that he has such good size and length with tremendeous athleticsim, he already has a develpoed game to him, he can be quite a values guy at the 30th pick who can contribute right away. Anyways you see it, we can't lose in my opinion.