Hello, time for a rare post. This may be a sensitive topic, but my point isn't to be controversial, just share a thought based on anecdotal experience.
Does it seem to anyone else that despite everyone assuming the Pacers have a tendency to draft and pursue slow, white, fundamentally sound "Larry Bird" clone players, they in fact are much more likely to draft athletic prospects with lots of potential? Going back to when Larry was coach and not GM, you can see for every Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy or Tyler Hansbrough there's 2-3 Jermaine O'Neal, Al Harrington, J. Bender, James White or Paul George. Bird in particular actually seems more in love with unproven athletes with huge upsides than most.
I"m not saying that's good or bad, but I'd like to see more discussion about this tendency and strategy in building a team, vs what I commonly see fans talk about. Everyone seemed to assume Gordon Hayward would be selected by the Pacers, when I actually feel that, Hansbrough's draft last year not withstanding, we've actually drafted more Paul George types. It's hard to get a good analysis or intelligent conversation about the Pacers rebuilding efforts if what everyone thinks the Pacers are doing and what they actually are doing are two different things.