Indiana Pacers: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

by November 12, 2020
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Paul Reed

The Indiana Pacers were one of the most impressive teams in the league last season, managing to amass a 45-28 record last season — good for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs — even without two-time Victor Oladipo available for much of it.

Between Malcom Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren, the Pacers have found three players who can be key pieces of deep playoff runs. Now, Indiana must decide what to do about Oladipo’s contract extension and determine the best way to improve their offense in an abbreviated offseason.

Related: Full Indiana Pacers 2020 Salary Cap Preview

2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 54 overall

Pacers Draft Needs

Offense is the name of the game for the Pacers as they do their homework for the 2020 NBA Draft. Yet, with only a late second round pick, there’s not a high chance that they’ll find immediate help in that area.

Perhaps Indiana tries to make a draft night trade involving Myles Turner due to the rise of Sabonis; it’s possible that the Pacers can get a late first-round pick from such a move because of Turner’s age and abilities as a shot-blocker. In such a scenario, Indiana would be able to address their offensive needs as there are plenty of prospects who could add firepower in that draft range.

Indiana is one of those lucky teams that doesn’t have to worry about their depth, as only one rotation player — Justin Holiday — will become a free agent. However, they could look to replace Holiday in the draft, locating a respectable ‘3-and-D’ player in the second round.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 54 overall
PG Tre Jones, Duke
SG Jay Scrubb, John A. Logan
G Jalen Harris, Nevada
C Nick Richards, Kentucky
PF Paul Reed, DePaul

What The Mocks Are Saying

The AthleticPaul Reed (No. 54)

Projected Roster

PGMalcolm Brogdon
PGAaron Holiday
PGT.J. McConnell
PGEdmond Sumner
SGVictor Oladipo
SGJeremy Lamb
SFT.J. Warren
PFDoug McDermott
PFT.J. Leaf
F-CDomantas Sabonis
CMyles Turner
CGoga Bitazde

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