This matchup is an intriguing one for the readers of this tournament so far. We have an international player who is soaring up draft boards and a hometown prospect who would help add scoring off the bench. Karasev is back in Russia after a believed promise from a team. Thomas was in Indiana Thursday working out for the Pacers alongside other forwards. A matchup like this one should be good in the poll underneath the article. Who will win this battle of two scoring small forwards?
Below is the video breakdown of Karasev from SB Nation partner, Draft Express. Also, they have not released a breakdown of Thomas, but SB Nation's draft analyst Jonathan Tjarks has his written scouting report on him here. Enjoy both the video breakdown of Karasev below and also the written scouting report on Thomas from SB Nation's own Jonathan Tjarks in the last sentence. Also, I will throw in Thomas' combine interview from Draft Express as well below. One of these players could be a member of the Indiana Pacers come draft night.
Karasev or Thomas would provide much needed scoring off the bench for Indiana next season. Karasev could eventual play shooting guard if Granger is traded this offseason, while keeping Paul George at small forward. This would give Indiana a more balanced lineup with a better, younger scoring option. Thomas would give the Pacers scoring as well, but is better suited to come off the bench if he is taken by them. Putting Thomas in the second unit would give the Pacers more versatility with a stretch-4 and a player who can create multiple mismatches with his scoring ability. Which one of these scoring forwards would you want Indiana to select?
After the video analysis (Karasev) and interview (Thomas) from Draft Express, as well as the written scouting report from SB Nation on Thomas, who should advance on to the second round? Will it be Sergey Karasev or DeShaun Thomas receiving your vote to move on in the Indy Cornrows 23rd Pick Tournament?