Tuesday, June 19th
Chris Johnson – Dayton
Jarrod Jones – Ball State
Fab Melo – Syracuse
Kyle O’Quinn – Norfolk State
Miles Plumlee – Duke
Jonathon Simmons – Houston
On the Pacers website they have a section called Draft Central:
It shows all the guys scheduled for workouts and all the interviews from guys they have already had in for workouts.
Let's see. Milsap is an expiring and will likely want more money. I don't know how that would be worth it to the Hornets for the 10th pick.
I don't see Turner getting traded. However, I'd definitely do DC to the Hornets, Turner to the Pacers and the 10th pick to the Sixers...of course other pieces would be needed, but if Lillard isn't there at 10, I'd love to get Turner!
Bledsoe for the 10th? I don't see how he's anywhere close to that. While I am not sure DC is worth the 10th pick, he's certainly worth more than Bledsoe.
3 scenarios for the draft, starting with my favorite first:
1. Pacers trade up for Justice Winslow
2. Take WCS or Stanley Johnson (this is the theory of a player falling); Make trades (Hibbert/West/others) for additional picks - George Lucas and Rakeem Christmas are players I'd love to have with a late first/early 2nd round
3. Trey Lyles
I'm sure my opinion will change many times before the draft though.
Is anyone surprised Fab dominated??? That is the perfect setting for a person with his physical ablitys to shine(especially if he is actually in shape).
Fab all along was gonna be a workout warrior reminds me a lot of Ryan Hollins or even our own David Harrison except has a better jumper.
Anyone see the Pic on twitter of Fab dunking?? Lance and a few others were scrimmaging with the group. Wish PG would of stayed around for a few weeks before going to Vegas for usa bball
If we get #10 from the Hornets, than that Troy Murphy trade is even more lopsided than we thought originally.
I know folks are thinking the trade up would he for Rivers, but my bet would be Zeller or Henson. I think the Pacers try to get bigger. Hibbert, West and Hansbrough are the main bigs, with Lou a free agent, as well as Fez I believe.
Bird wants the best bench in the league, but i think the bench let us down a bit in the Miami series, so that's where I'll expect us to upgrade.
Syracuse center Fab Melo went through a workout for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and one person who was inside the gym tells The Indianapolis Star, "He was off the charts."
The Pacers need to add depth at the center position with the retirement of backup Jeff Foster and Melo is a possible pick, if he's still available when the No. 26 selection comes up.
Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks at Syracuse this past season.
ESPN.com's Chad Ford released his 8.0 mock draft on Tuesday and he has Minnesota taking Melo at No. 18 and the Pacers selecting Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague at No. 26.
-- Nick Borges
I'm a Beast
On Big Joe and Grady, I think it was Brunner and Wells that were on and they were all talking about how they wish the FO would make PG stick around. Not that he isn't working or playing, but they felt this was the point in his career where he needed to be under the thumb doing the right workouts, drills, and scrimmages all the time.
They also felt he should play in Summer League so he was forced to be "the man" and improve his confidence to take over.
Grady asked Brunner in all his years if he had every seen a player become a killer, in reference to Paul George. Brunner said he could see a Joe Johnson situation. First years Johnson floated around, scoring easy, but never showed that takeover mentality. The Celtics even traded him, proving to be a mistake.
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Its the first year in a while that I'd be ok picking a big man to develop, assuming Roy is back. I'm usually against these project type bigs that don't work out, more often than not.
The goal, imo, should be to get a true playmaking point guard even if its a back up rookie. If they move up to 10 or 11, Kendall Marshall would be my pick even though you'd be giving up one of the best back ups in the league in DC. The reason is if K Marshall develops you'll have your starting quarterback of the future who makes others around him better. I think DCs ceiling will never be a playmaking top notch starter type. No knock on DC, he's just a scoring type Point.
There's all kinds of road blocks to this pursuit, if you trade DC, what if G Hill gets a stupid offer you can't match. You could have taken 2 steps back as a team with an unproven starting rookie, who may not be what you hope and no descernable back up.
Its a slippery slope.
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if we can trade up for the 10th pick for DC and our 26th and somehow Damian Lillard drops to us
Anyone else remember Bird saying last year that he would have taken Tyler Zeller at 15 had he come out? I don't think I'm making that up.
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I haven't seen any1 here talk about Tony Wroten Jr. This kid looks really good IMO. If we stay at 26 I hope we draft him or Marquis Teague
I'd draft Tony Wroten but not Marquis Teague. At least Wroten at almost 6'6 would be an option at either guard spot.
On Zeller, what a nice set up it would be for him to practice against Roy everyday. Tyler has post moves already and is athletic, refinement needed for sure, but he's legit size & athleticism to at the very least project as a back up center in his rookie year. I also think his celing is potentially higher than that in the right offense with the right surrounding players. NC worked through him early and often, last year. He already has the foundation to be player, imo. He's probably not projected to be an allstar, which may explain the lack of buzz for him, right now, but not everyone has to have that type of ceiling.