Tons of great NBA Draft coverage and mocks around the Internets these days but I always pay attention to what Jonathan Givony and DraftExpress put out since they are on it all year. In their third official mock draft leading up the the actual NBA Draft on Thursday, DE had the Indiana Pacers taking point guard Tyshawn Taylor out of Kansas with the 26th pick. In their updated mock on Sunday evening the Pacers' pick moved to Michigan State forward Draymond Green.
Larry Bird likes experienced college players and Taylor and Green fits that description, although the last two picks Bird made were young players in Paul George and Lance Stephenson. Here's what DraftExpress had to say about the potential pick.
With a couple of key pieces in George Hill and Roy Hibbert entering free agency, Indiana has some big decisions to make this summer. The team has solid depth at every position, but might not be ready to break the bank on both Hill and Darren Collison, who will be looking for big raises soon. One of the most experienced college players in this draft, Tyshawn Taylor is ready to see minutes right away and is big enough to guard multiple positions, which gives added versatility alongside the Pacers' existing backcourt rotation.
In a recent, soon-to-be-published SB Nation mock draft I had the Pacers taking Quincy Miller (DE had Miller going to Boston at 21), but if he wasn't available I was going to take Marquis Teague for some of the same reasons listed above, although I think Teague has more upside in the long term. I do like Taylor's size and he would be able to start playing from day one. As for Green, the burly forward must be impressing in workouts of late but would simply be a player trying to help the Pacers off the bench.
In the end, if the Pacers don't move the pick, they may be content to skip the long-shot odds on young talent late in the first round and go with a more known commodity that also fills a need to bolster the bench. Of course, that's a tough sell in late June, adding a solid bench player, but it just may be the type of player that eventually helps the Pacers continue playing early in June on of these years.