Last night, ESPN televised a mock draft with Chad Ford and Jay Bilas filling the draft board. No, I didn't watch the whole show, but I did flip by to see that they picked Dejounte Murray, a young, dynamic point guard out of Washington, for the Pacers at No. 20.
Over the past month, Murray's name has been up and down the mock draft boards but lately, more projections have him landing with the Pacers. Yes, he's a point guard and the Pacers just traded for Jeff Teague. But Murray is also a home run swing on talent. At 6'5, he's just 19 he has a load of talent to develop in the NBA.
ESPN's Kevin Pelton projected an outlier for the Pacers with Gary Payton II as their first-round pick, a player that may be available in the second round. Pelton uses plenty of formulas in his analysis but I can't help but think , as a Seattle guy, he doesn't just love the idea of Gary Payton's son teaming up with Nate McMillan.
Considering the Teague trade, the most obvious move is to add a power forward/stretch four/versatile big man to the mix. Brice Johnson, Juancho Hernangomez, Domantas Sabonis and Taurean Prince are a few names that fit that description and could give the Pacers something they need now.
How the draft falls will shape the final decision for the Pacers, but if a young talent like Murray falls, should the Pacers go for the big talent or fill an immediate need?
Other mock draft results for the Pacers pick:
Dejounte Murray, PG - Washington - Mock Draft 3.0: Celtics face decisions with No. 3 pick | NBA.com
Malik Beasley, SG - Florida State - Version V: The Vertical's 2016 NBA mock draft - Yahoo Sports
Taurean Prince, F - Baylor - 2016 NBA mock draft: The best bets from beat writers on Round 1 projection - The Washington Post
Dejounte Murray, PG - Washington - NBA Mock Draft 2016: LSU's Ben Simmons to the Sixers at No. 1 looks to be done - CBSSports.com
Taurean Prince, F - Baylor - PBT’s first-round NBA mock draft – ProBasketballTalk
Malik Beasley, SG - Florida State - NBA mock draft 2016: Ben Simmons is No. 1, Brandon Ingram is No. 2. Then what? - SBNation.com
Demetrius Jackson, PG - Notre Dame - 2016 NBA Mock Draft 3.0 | FOX Sports
Malachi Richardson, F - Syracuse - 2016 Mock Draft | NBADraft.net