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Pacers projected draft pick varies among mock drafts

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Guards like Nickeil Alexander-Walker are the type of player most mocks expect the Pacers to pick in the NBA Draft.

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The latest round of NBA mock drafts have the Pacers potentially selecting from a group of eight players. Young, old (relatively speaking), guards, forwards...as far as draft prospects go, the variety includes about everything except a center prospect.

Among the many mock drafts I tracked down, each of the eight players showed up on at least two of the mocks with the exception of Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga). All of the players are shown being taken higher or lower on other mocks so this represents a pretty solid pool or prospects to consider for the Pacers pick.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech) was the most popular pick followed by Kevin Porter, Jr. and Tyler Herro. All are good sized guards, a position the Pacers need to bolster, although Porter and Herro come with some concerns. Porter has tons of skill to display but also didn’t play much at USC due to injuries and a suspension due to a “personal conduct” issue. Herro projects to be a better 3-point shooter than he showed for Kentucky but his negative wingspan measurement at the combine adds to his defensive question marks.

The Pacers would be lucky to have PJ Washington or Rui Hachimura fall to them in the draft, particularly if they are not able to retain the services of Thad Young. Regardless, with the draft closing on on two weeks away, the Pacers appear to have options to fill needs at different spots depending on how the draft shakes out. And that includes using that pick as part of a trade for an established player.

Here are the players projected for the Pacers in a variety of mock drafts:

Pacers Mock Picks

Projected Pacers Pick College Mock Draft
Projected Pacers Pick College Mock Draft
Nickeil Alexander-Walker Virginia Tech ESPN (Jonathan Givony), SI.com (Jeremy Woo), USA Today (Jeff Zillgitt), NetScouts
P.J. Washington Kentucky SB Nation (Ricky O'Donnell), NBADraft.net
Keldon Johnson Kentucky NBC Sports (Ben Standing), Yahoo! Sports (Krysten Peek)
Rui Hachimura Gonzaga The Ringer, CBS Sports (Gary Parrish)
Kevin Porter, Jr. USC The Athletic (Sam Vecenie), Basketball Insiders (Jesse Blancarte), Bleacher Report (Jonathan Wasserman)
Tyler Herro Kentucky CBS Sports (Kyle Boone), Basketball Insiders (Drew Maresca), Tankathon
Brandon Clarke Gonzaga The Athletic (Michael Scotto)
Nassir Little North Carolina Basketball Insiders (Steve Kyler), Basketball Insiders (Spencer Davies)