Hello. I am new here, and this is my first post. I live in Indianapolis, and have for all 20 years of my life. I am the biggest fan of the Colts and Hoosiers that I know of, but my relationship with the Pacers is a love-hate one. No, I am not a bandwagon jumper. They just really make me mad, especially with the way they have wussed out the last couple of years, minus Reggie's last year.
Anyways, I am curious to see how anyone thinks Rudy Gay would fit in here. To me, Gay has the most potential of anyone in the draft. The kid is 6'8/6'9, can jump out of the gym, and can shoot as well as he can put it on the floor. I think that's exactly what the Pacers need. We have too many guys who aren't factors if they aren't scoring, ie Stephen Jackson, Peja, sometimes Jermaine, etc. What we need are more slashers, playmakers, shotblockers, defenders, and rebounders...a la Detroit Pistons (who I HATE, but still...).
Although I am a proponent of moving Jermaine, I don't believe this year is the year to trade up for the #1. Can anyone really be sold on Adam Morrison or LeMarcus Aldridge? I'm not. It should tell you something when a player like Tyrus Thomas gets a few blocks and rebounds during an incredible Final Four run, and all of a sudden he's the number 1 pick. Still, I think if the Pacers felt that they could move up to the 6-10 spots in the draft, where many mocks have Gay going, I think that could be a good option because its something we could probably do without moving JO. I also like Rodney Carney, the hometown boy, and he could still even be around at 17.
So, anyways, just curious as to what you guys think about Gay. Like I said, I think he has the most potential of any player in the draft, but he may lack the work ethic of a Morrison. I think Gay has only scratched the surface of what he could do. But he could end up being really bad, too.