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Pacers pre-draft workout: Mike Moser

The Pacers aren’t selecting until late in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. While it is unlikely they will find an impact player at 57, they could still make a pick that changes the way the roster is constructed moving forward.

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According to a tweet from Michael Scotto, the Pacers had Mike Moser in for a workout on Monday. Moser is a senior power forward from the University of Oregon. Moser is 6-foot-8 (with shoes) and weighs 204 pounds.

Per Darft Express, Moser is ranked as the 73rd best prospect for the NBA draft, which would put him on the outside looking in. But with a late pick in the second round, it wouldn’t be a huge reach for the Pacers select Moser at number 57.

Moser best skill is something the Pacers are severely lacking, shooting. As a shooting big man, Moser can space the floor and be effective on the pick and pop – like the Atlanta Hawks were in round one of the playoffs.

As a 33.2 percent career three-point shooter in college Moser doesn’t appear to have great track record from three. But in his final season he got to play in an up tempo, free flowing offense at Oregon, and he shot 37.8 percent from three.

In a nonconference game at Ole Miss, Moser scored 24 points, 13 of which came off of a pick and pop.

Oregon is running an isolated pick and pop on the near side of the floor, and Ole Miss failed to stay close enough to Moser allowing him to get open looks from three.

He scored on this play by taking his man off the dribble as well.

How he helps Indiana is by improving the three-point shooting. The Pacers were 17th in the NBA in three-point shooting at 35.7 percent. (Indiana was third in the playoffs at 38 percent.) Indiana shot the sixth fewest threes in the NBA through the regular season at 18.8 per game.

While the offense Moser played in during his final year of college is opposite of the Pacers’ half-court style, he could still improve an already existing part of the offense. Indiana loves to run pick and pops for David West and Luis Scola so that they can knock down mid-range jumpers. According to NBA Wowy, 49.9 percent of Scola’s shots came from between 16 feet and the three-point line, while 33.9 percent of West’s shots came from that range. But they both shot well from that range; West shot 52.1 percent, and Scola shot 43.4 percent.

Those are good percentages, but even at 52 percent, West is less efficient than a 35 percent three-point shooter. Neither Scola or West are going to stretch defenses all the way to the three-point line, but Moser could.

But his defense is still a question mark. He could turn into a quality defender, but there is no reason to think that he would be better defensively than Chris Copeland. Which is why drafting Moser might be replicating a current player on the roster.

Copeland, as a four, could produce threes on the pick and pop. Plus Copeland has already proven he can hit 42 percent of his threes from the NBA three-point line. Moser was worse from the closer college line.

But if the Pacers want to make smaller internal changes – like committing to more three pointers with better shooters – then drafting Moser could help. With Lance Stephenson’s uncertainty, Evan Turner likely being gone and Rasual Butler’s free agency, Copeland could find himself playing on the wing. That could leave some minutes in the front court available, especially if Scola is released due to his partially guaranteed contract.

You can read more about Mike Moser’s pre-NBA draft experience here. Plus it should be noted that Moser shuffled his way through many different colleges. He started at UCLA, but transferred to UNLV after just one season at UCLA. He spent the next three years at UNLV, redshirting the first. He earned a degree, and with one year of eligibility remaining, he was able to transfer and play immediately at Oregon last season. Moser is 23 years old and will turn 24 on November 8.

(Note: I covered Ole Miss basketball the past two seasons, and they were just as inept at defending shooting big men as Indiana was in the first round against Atlanta. You can read more about Moser vs Ole Miss here.)

Other players at Indiana’s Monday workout

UNLV F Roscoe Smith 6-foot-8, 215 pounds

Last season: 11.1 points, 10.9 rebounds

Draft Express top 100 rank: Unranked

Oregon State F Eric Moreland 6-foot-10, 218 pounds

Last season: 8.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.9 blocks

Draft Express top 100 rank: 92

Southeast Missouri F Tyler Stone 6-foot-8, 230 pounds

Last season: 19.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks

Draft Express top 100 rank: Unranked

Gonzaga G David Stockton 5-foot-11, 165 pounds

Last season: 7.4 points, 4.2 assists

Draft Express top 100 rank: Unranked

Ohio G Nick Kellogg 6-foot-3, 198 pounds

Last season: 15.4 points, 1.1 steals

Draft Express top 100 rank: Unranked