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NBA Draft: Pacers draft Edmond Sumner after trading into 52nd pick

Indiana acquired the 52nd pick from New Orleans, selecting Xavier guard Edmond Sumner.

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The Indiana Pacers added an additional pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, acquiring the 52nd overall selection from the New Orleans Pelicans to take Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner. Sumner stands tall for a point guard at 6’5”, using that height advantage as a rim attacker, according to Eugene Rapay at Big East Coast Bias:

Sumner plays aggressively, looking to bully his way past his matchup. You won't see him getting cute with fadeaway jumpers or pull-up shots anytime soon, he's going to stay low and attack the basket.

Much like Indiana’s Ike Anigbogu pick, the team will be looking to see past an injury history in order to make the most of the talent past an injury history to make the most of an otherwise first round talent. Sumner suffered an ACL tear in January, ending a 15 point, five assist campaign, but he’s had to contend with other injuries:

Just a few weeks before the knee injury, he sustained a partially torn left labrum after colliding with Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo. He opted to play through the shoulder injury, but got surgery on it once he was done for the year. His freshman season was derailed by chronic tendonitis in his knees, forcing Chris Mack to redshirt him. Then, there was also the scary fall and subsequent head injury he took against Villanova in 2016.

At 52, Indiana felt it reasonable to take a flier on talent despite injury concerns, giving them an opportunity to maximize their upcoming roster if both Sumner and Anigbogu can be healthy.