There have been heavily mixed reviews of the Hansbrough pick in this years draft. I think that Hansbrough brings quite a bit of value for the 13th pick. How does he fit with the Pacers?
It seems to be general consensus among fans that Jeff Foster is a valuable player for this franchise. He is on the downside of his career with back issues and age. Tyler will be a great replacement moving forward. I really hope that the Pacers keep Foster around this season so that he may provide Hansbrough a mentor in developing what the Pacers need.
Jeff has always been our scrapper and rebounder. Tyler already possesses these qualities. However, he does bring a much needed dimension that Jeff has not been able to provide. When Jeff is on the floor, his defender can sag off and provide support from the weak side (not to mention clogging the lane). This occurs because Jeff has no shot outside of 5 ft. They will have to respect Tyler's 15 ft. jumper. You say we have Troy murphy to play this role and you are absolutely correct. However, when Troy and Jeff are on the floor at the same time this completely disappears. He gives us the versatility to match up with smaller lineups.
IMO there was no one at 13 that would bring more intangibles to this lineup than Tyler. He is not going to put us over the top, rather, he will provide a very solid base for which we continue to build upon. The player that will help raise our level the most will have to come from a trade because it is very difficult to attract impact players via free agency.
Is Tyler the answer....absolutely not. Will he be worth the 13th pick given the nature of this draft....absolutely.