The Pacers begin NBA Draft day with the 54th overall pick, a late second rounder they will likely use hoping to land a future rotation player. Usually that means taking a swing on an older player with a known NBA skill or two or a young guy with raw potential they hope will develop.
To put it more plainly, pick No. 54 is a crap shoot.
Just look at all of the mock drafts and Top 100 player lists and the variety of players from say 45 thru 65 puts at least 30 players in play.
Of course, the Pacers could spice things up with a trade and there has definitely been chatter that Gordon Hayward could be a target. Making a deal with Boston that matches appears extremely arduous if Hayward maintains his $34 million option.
Making any trade will be challenging for the Pacers, especially if they covet a first-round pick, but altering their path through a deal is their only option to improve going forward with limited cap space and no picks. Standing pat as others in the East improve will make for a challenging first year for Nate Bjorkgren.
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