Larry Bird, Frank Vogel and others from the Pacers front office are in Chicago for the NBA draft combine and spent time interviewing several prospects to get a better feel for the players off the court.
Fortunately, Candace Buckner is in Chi-town to report on what is going on and shares some comments from the players following their respective chats with the Pacers. Among the notable player the Pacers spoke with are Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Myles Turner (Texas) and Stanley Johnson (Arizona).
Of the notable comments, CB reports Turner confirming the Pacers plans to alter their playing style, looking to speed things up, with more versatile lineup.
"They're changing their style of play," said former Texas big man Myles Turner, who was one of the nine players who interviewed with the Pacers on Wednesday. "They want to move to a faster — I don't want to say guard-oriented but they want to get smaller and they need guys who can shoot as well. So I know in the bigs department, they're looking for someone who can do those type of things."
Kaminsky also mentioned the Pacers talking about their changes which could utilize the versatile skill set he displayed at Wisky. In the physical measurables portion of the combine, Kaminsky was that tallest player (Jahlil Okafor and Karl Anthony Towns are not present). Although, Kaminsky's wingspan was only 6'11 compared to Turner's 7'4.
On Thursday, Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton showed his athleticism with the top vertical leap (44') and standing vertical leap (37.5'). The sharpshooter with a MLB pitching career waiting for him if hoops doesn't work out, surely slid up a few draft lists showing the total package he can bring to the court. Nice to have choices. Sheesh.
Buckner also reported on the Pacers plans for their first draft workout at the Fieldhouse next Monday.
#Pacers hold 1st pre-draft workout Mon. Full list: Cameron Payne Olivier Hanlan Jerian Grant Rakeem Christmas Richaun Holmes Joseph Young— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 14, 2015
Larry Bird will head to New York next Tuesday to represent the Pacers in the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19. The Pacers are due for a little luck, don't you think?