Pacers VP of Player Personnel ryan carr said the team had their sights set on several prospects with the No. 6 pick, but the executive seemed particularly high on guarding Purdue Jaden Iveywhich is ranked No. 4 on ESPN’s big chart.
“His speed, I think, is what sets him apart.said Carr, according to The Indianapolis Star’s James Boyd. “There just aren’t many players with that kind of speed, the ability to put pressure on the rim and score. And then he really improved his shooting over the last two years and showed his ability to hit 3s. …Someone that fast, if they can hit a jumper and get past you, I don’t know how you keep it.”
Ivey seems unlikely to be available at No. 6 because most recent fictional drafts put him at No. 4 in Sacramento, so the Pacers would likely have to trade to sign the Indiana native.
Carr also said being drafted so high in the lottery for the first time in over 30 years will have a major impact on rebuilding the team, as Boyd relays.
“It’s been a long time, and obviously you want every player you pick, no matter how many, to be successful“, Carr said. “But the sixth pick, this guy, we want him to be a foundational piece for us, and (we’re) looking forward to adding that piece.”
The Pacers control picks No. 31 and 60 in the 2022 NBA Draft in addition to No. 6, as seen in the updated full draft order.
Here’s more from the Central Division:
- Sources tell Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo that the deer are considering going up or down with the No. 24 pick. Woo projects Arizona fullback/forward Dalen Terry in Milwaukee at 24 in its final mock draft, assuming the team keeps the pick.
- After acquiring a second-round pick from the Kings, the riders now control picks Nos. 14, 39, 49 and 56, giving them the option to potentially trade for a late first-rounder with their three second-round picks if a prospect they like slips, according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor . The Cavs continue to take calls about the No. 14 pick and have also discussed the possibility of advancing in the lottery, Fedor reports.
- NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer details how the ongoing trade of straw grant in Portland has an impact on Bulls. Schaefer notes that the Trail Blazers owe Chicago a lottery-protected first-round pick through 2028, meaning if the Blazers make the playoffs in 2022/23, the Bulls will acquire Portland’s first-round pick in 2023.