There were no surprises for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Draft Lottery, staying put for the 13th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Pacers had just a 4.7% chance to move into the top four and a 1% chance for the number one overall pick, neither of which came true.
It wasn’t a total loss for the Pacers, however, who were represented well by Nancy Leonard at the lottery.
Though Indiana wasn’t able to move up, they will still have their first lottery pick since 2015, when they took Myles Turner 11th overall. In 2010, they picked Paul George at 10th. Their last 13th pick game in 2009, when they selected Tyler Hansbrough out of North Carolina.
In what’s projected to be a deep draft, there’s no clear consensus for who Indiana will pick, with mock drafts predicting Jalen Johnson out of Duke, Davion Mitchell of Baylor, Josh Giddey from Adelaide, James Bouknight from UConn, and Corey Kispert of Gonzaga.
In the lottery itself, the Toronto Raptors (4th overall) and Cleveland Cavaliers (3rd) moved up into the top four with the Detroit Pistons winning the top overall pick, their first since 1970. The Houston Rockets will pick second.