|Indiana Pacers 2012 Draft Preview |
|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Depth is generally considered to be Indiana's top trait as a team but guard Leandro Barbosa is a free agent and both emerging center Roy Hibbert and electric point guard George Hill are restricted free agents.
Pacers basketball chief Larry Bird has a lot of decisions to make and will be looking to add to his depth with the 26th overall selection.
Bird, like most personnel people, feels you draft for talent and trade for need so he's likely to snare the best player on the board when it's his turn.
Washington combo guard Tony Wroten, lengthy Baylor small forward Quincy Miller and Kentucky shooting guard Doron Lamb figure to be options.
Players under contract: G: Darren Collison; G: Lance Stephenson; G/F: Paul George; F: Danny Granger; F: David West; F: Tyler Hansbrough; F: Jeff Pendergraph
Free agents: F: Louis Amundson; G: Leandro Barbosa; C: Kyrylo Fesenko; C: Roy Hibbert (restricted); G: George Hill (restricted); G Dahntay Jones (unrestricted, player option); G: A.J. Price (restricted)
Recent Draft History: 2011: Kawhi Leonard (15), Davis Bertans (42) 2010: Paul George (10), Lance Stephenson (40), Ryan Reid (57) 2009: Tyler Hansbrough (13), A.J. Price (52) 2008: Jerryd Bayless (11), Nathan Jawai (41) 2007: No picks
Draft picks: 1st round (26th overall)