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    With all the talk about David Harrison today, I thought we should ask the question.

    In 3 to 7 years how good will Harrison be.

    Prediction time. I suppose a poll might be in order, but that seems to squash discussion. Of course this assumes reasonably good health trough0ut his career.

    Here are the possible choices. Of course you can add your own.

    David Harrison will be:

    1) An Allstar every year and even better than J.O. is right now.

    2) The best starting center in the eastern conference, besides Shaq of course. A 2 to 3 time allstar. Will make Peck forget about Brad Miller forever

    3) The Pacers starting center for several seasons, and a nice complement to the best player in the eastern conference, J.O.

    4) The Pacers starting center, but most Pacer fans will always want someone better. and fans will always expect DH to be better.

    5) The best backup center in the NBA, but won't be able to beat out Jeff Foster

    6) A nice contributor, but someone who never lives up to his potential

    7) Never any better than he is right now.

    8) DH who. Will go down with the pacers long list of terrible centers, Stuart Gray, Gred Dreiling revisited.

    I think those 8 choices about cover the range of possibilities.


    My choice. While I am tempted to pick #5, I don't believe that, I predicted a few weeks back that DH will replace Foster in the starting lineup at some point next season. I'll stick to that, although it won't be easy to push Jeff aside.

    But I'll go with choice #3, which I believe all of us would be more than satisfied with.

    I'll be curious to see how many of you pick something other than #3.

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    Default Re: Just how good will David Harrison be in 3-7 years

    The way I see it is that right now we have not a played a center who could stop the Hulk. Right now the only thing that seems to stop Harrison is himself. Of course we have not played Shaq or Yao at this point. Still within 3 years I see Harrison as the best center in the East other than Shaq and when Shaq retires he will be number one. This means that I am taking choice 2, however as long as he is forced to see Jonathon Bender and Scot Pollard on the bench Peck nor I will never forget about Brad Miller.

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    Somewhere between 2 and 4 (guess that means 3 as my middle pick). I think he can turn into a 15-8 guy, maybe even 15-10. Probably will make an all-star game or two. Won't make Peck forget Brad Miller.

    If things go well, by next year he'll beat Foster out and start at C.
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    #3. I'm tempted to say 2, but if Curry ever gets his head on straight, he's better, and if Gregg Oden gets drafted by an eastern team, watch out.

    He'll still make the All Star game more than Dale ever did.
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    I'd go with 3 if I had to pick a number. I'm thinking a shorter, blacker, more American Zydrunas Ilgauskas. With healthier feet, hopefully, for Pacer fans. That's best case. He's not athletic enough to be a dominant NBA player.

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    IF he stays healthy:

    and does not hit the rookie wall, he will be starting over Jeff this season, The picks JO and Hulk ran last night for Reg were awesome brick walls and that sure as hell pays off in the finals

    On the other hand, Rick is not a "rookie-man" so he has to overcome more then a little bit to get there.
    If not then next season certainly the starter, depending on a lot of things, he will play in the rookie all-star this year, soph's next but there is a chance he will play the reg AS game next year, if he develops at the same speed he does now.

    One thing that caught my attention was the fact that he and JO clicked, now JO will feel that to and he may be asking Rick a thing or two and taking the Rook under his arms to carry him through the season and learn him a thing or two, which would speed up his development even more.

    One thing is sure, he is the steal of this draft and many a GM is biting his nails and kicking somebody's butt for not finding this one.
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    I am going with 3. And I am a huge Jeff Foster fan but I think with Harrisons size and his soft touch around the basket he is going to make himself invaluable in the very near future.

    Just thinking about a more seasoned Harrison along side Jermaine makes me giddy.

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    Jermaine has to be as excited about Big Dave as we are, the big man he was looking for was on the team all along.
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    I'll go with #2 as I think he can be a 16-18 pt per game scorer who won't need alot of shots because he already shoots a high percentage.He WILL become a better rebounder at around 10 per. And of course his shotblocking is already good and will improve as he doesn't go for so many fakes and is able to stay on the floor more as a result.

    With true centers hard to come by and not exactly growing on trees and shaq soon will be on the decline in a few years I think he will be the top center in the east.

    Just call me an optimist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by able
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    One thing is sure, he is the steal of this draft and many a GM is biting his nails and kicking somebody's butt for not finding this one.
    Dunno about THE steal - make him "one of" and I'd agree.

    Atlanta's foaming at the mouth over Josh Smith at 17 (they like Ivey too), I'm amazed Al Jefferson fell to 15 and we're pretty happy with Ariza at 44.

    Definitely a find though.
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    I'll go with:

    3) The Pacers starting center for several seasons, and a nice complement to the best player in the eastern conference, J.O.

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    It's all up to Harrison. As long as he can stay motivated the sky is the limit.

    I will go with 3 for my official prediction. However I could easily him being the best in the NBA (that's right I said NBA) or if he loses motivation I could see him being a Kevin Duckworth.

    Eddy Curry is the same way. I am a huge fan of the potential of Curry However I will say this, if they both stay motivated & both improve look out world. But to me the Hulk has more upside because of his shot blocking abilitys. Eddy is a decent defender when he wants to be but he's been in the league for awhile. The Hulk is already a shot blocking force.

    J.O. probably gets down on his knees every night & thanks God for David Harrison. For that matter we all should.

    Oh, I'll agree with the Diamond one, whenever I see the duo of Bender & Pollard in their fine street cloths I will forever be thinking of Brad Miller. (Cue the picture of Hicks & Brad on the boat)

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    Oh, I'll agree with the Diamond one, whenever I see the duo of Bender & Pollard in their fine street cloths I will forever be thinking of Brad Miller. (Cue the picture of Hicks & Brad on the boat)
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    A high 3, low 2.

    I'd have voted "2" except that I don't think he'll be the best center in the conference. He will, however, make a couple all-star games. Remember his goals that we all thought were crazy?

    Start as a rookie.
    Make the all-star team on his rookie contract.
    Was there anything else?

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    I really enjoyed this thread, but never made my prediction. I say 2. I am really missing Harrison, he is a joy to watch.
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    Harrison is already my favorite Pacer.


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    Default Re: Just how good will David Harrison be in 3-7 years

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    Harrison is already my favorite Pacer.


    I wanted to ask this a week ago or so.

    Why is he your favorite

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    Speaking of Miller (27/14 last night) how could every team have missed him during the draft? I'm sure this has been brought up before but I don't remember ever seeing it.

    As for Harrison - I agree 16-18 pts maybe 10 rebounds (with a lot of work).
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    I wanted to ask this a week ago or so.

    Why is he your favorite
    Well it's not the rebounding if that's what your wondering. He has got to improve on that.

    I guess I just like physical players but in particular I like them at the big man spot & right now he seems to be the most physical on our team. This is why I have never been a fan of Fosters, well I haven't been a fan since he was inserted into the starting lineup with J.O. Now if O'Neal were a physical player, God knows he has the size, then I wouldn't have the problems with Foster that I do now. But with J.O., IMO, you have to give him a physical presence & I think Harrison will be that player.

    Plus there is the pleasant suprise factor when we talk about him. I had zero expectations for him seeing as how low he was drafted but he has really come through. I like his defense, he is both physical & a shot blocker.

    Fred is good at it for as small as he is & yes if your wondering I love the fact that nutball is physical as well. I've told you 100 times already but I'll say it again, if it wasn't for the fact that he is nuts he really would be my favorite Pacer because he does almost everything I want.


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    Speaking of Miller (27/14 last night) how could every team have missed him during the draft? I'm sure this has been brought up before but I don't remember ever seeing it.

    As for Harrison - I agree 16-18 pts maybe 10 rebounds (with a lot of work).


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    /me hands Peck his tablets, leads him to the padded room in the back and makes sure he is comfy


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    Default Re: Just how good will David Harrison be in 3-7 years

    I think #3 is my choice but #4 fits a lot of Pacer fans and PD posters since they would not be happy with God himself.



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    At this point I'll be happy if Harrison can be a starter. I wonder about his rebounding. Guess I would rate him a 4. If he's a 2, obviously, this team has a very bright future.

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    Speaking of Miller (27/14 last night) how could every team have missed him during the draft? I'm sure this has been brought up before but I don't remember ever seeing it.

    As for Harrison - I agree 16-18 pts maybe 10 rebounds (with a lot of work).
    Brad suffered from the same problem as Harrison - he was portrayed as having a poor work ethic, being lazy, and not tough enough for the NBA. I'll vouch for his poor work ethic at Purdue but anyone who saw the elite 8 game vs Stanford can't say anything about his toughness.

    Brad was actually something of a find for Charlotte - a decent big reserve but it wasn't until the summer after his 2nd season where he really buckled down and started his offseason conditioning program that turned him into a star.

    I still shake my head at DW choosing Bender and Foster over him.
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