Indiana Pacers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: Did Myles Turner deserve the All-Defensive second-team spot over Joel Embiid?
If you were hoping the NBA writers of the world would provide validation to your Indiana Pacers fandom, I've got some bad news for you.
Not a single member of the Pacers made the All-Defensive teams or the All-NBA teams.
Myles Turner received a significant number of All-Defensive team votes while Thaddeus Young got a pair, and on the All-NBA side, Turner and Domantas Sabonis got single votes for the Third-team.
While it's nice to see Domas and Thad get a few votes, the real question is whether Turner deserved the nod on the All-Defensive second team over the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid.
Fansided: Justin Wright-Foreman could be the scorer the Pacers need to pick in the NBA draft
Being small in the NBA in 2019 is difficult. With the league ever trending towards bigger players, surviving as a small requires a rare level of excellence.
Don't have an elite pull-up jumper like Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, or Trae Young? Aren't an elite shot maker like Kyrie Irving or Lou Williams? Not a generational floor general like Chris Paul? Probably not good enough.
The above statement makes drafting small guards a risky proposition. If a player is not clearly special, drafting him high is a risk.
And if a player profiles as nothing more than a backup point guard, it's probably not worth drafting him.
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Fansided: A Herro will save us: Looking at Tyler Herro and his potential fit with the Pacers
Recent mock drafts from CBS Sports and Bleacher Report have placed Kentucky guard Tyler Herro at 18th overall. Herro is a 6'6" shooting guard out of the University of Kentucky.
While not an elite prospect by any means, Herro is an excellent scorer when he wants to be. In his lone season at Kentucky, Herro scored 14 points per contest on .462/.355/.935 shooting splits. He is best as a spot-up shooter on the outside but can get to the rim as well.
The Pacers need scoring off the bench, especially in the form of guys who can create their own shots.
Fansided: The Pacers probably need to overpay Tobias Harris if they want him, but by how much?
The Indiana Pacers might be in need of the services of a small forward depending on how things work out with Bojan Bogdanovic this summer, and if so, they should be interested in Tobias Harris.
And according to recent reports, the Pacers are in fact looking Harris' way.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reported on Tuesday that league sources indicate Harris isn't entirely happy with the way things went with the Philadelphia 76ers. Along with being underutilized, Harris reportedly is looking for a team with less volatile chemistry.
In addition to opportunity, pursuit of an NBA title and a max contract, Harris, a high-character guy, longs to play for a squad with a great chemistry.
Official Site of the Pacers: Rik and Derrik Smits Both Ready to go to Work
Rik Smits is moving back to Indianapolis next fall, to the only place in the United States that truly feels like home. He's got two good reasons. Maybe three.
His son, Derrik, will be playing at Butler, having transferred from Valparaiso. His daughter, Jasmine, works for the Pacers in their player development department. And he, as a matter of fact, is thinking of finding work as well, having grown bored with retirement.
"You're laughing, but I'm serious," he said over the telephone from Cave Creek, Arizona, where he has lived the past few years. "I'm ready for a job.
Fansided: Should the Indiana Pacers re-sign Cory Joseph this summer?
The summer of 2019 is shaping out to be a critical one for the Indiana Pacers as six of their players from the 2018-2019 roster will enter free agency. The Pacers will have roughly $44 million to spend which is projected to be 5th most in the NBA.
Should the Pacers retain the majority of their free agents and run it back, or should they take a risk and go after a new unit?
Cory Joseph's been a solid defender for the Pacers, but where does he fit into the Pacers' future plans?Reason to keep Cory Joseph: Defensive specialist
The Pacers finished the season 4th in defensive rating across the NBA last season and a lot of it had to do with Cory Joseph.
Official Site of the Pacers: New Rules Beneficial for Underclassmen Seeking Feedback
The Pacers held their first two pre-draft workouts on Tuesday. While the first workout featured a number of players likely to hear their name called on draft night, almost every player in the second workout could be back in school next year.
Of the six underclassmen in the second workout group on Tuesday, only Purdue All-American Carsen Edwards is fully committed to staying in the NBA Draft (and rightly so, as Edwards is a likely first-round pick).
The remaining five prospects -- Georgia center Nicolas Claxton, Washington State forward C.J. Elleby, Creighton forward Martin Krampelj, Butler center Derrik Smits, and Penn State forward Lamar Stevens -- all are taking advantage of new rules that allow them to test the waters while maintaining their eligibility (Edwards did the same thing a year ago before electing to return to Purdue).
The squad made some serious posters this season https://t.co/cJ2GipGFnY
Fansided: Domantas Sabonis won't win the Sixth Man of the Year award, and that's OK
Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis should win the Sixth Man of the Year award if for no other reason than the Los Angeles Clippers have two candidates -- Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell -- which seems to go against the spirit of the award.
As the saying goes, if you have two sixth men, you have no sixth men... or do you have twelve men? Or do two sixth make up a third, fraction wise?
(Pulls out an abacus, protractor)
I was never good at math, but let's take a look at the three players nominated and see who has the best case.
Official Site of the Pacers: Edwards Ready to Embrace a New Role
The question wasn't mean to embarrass him, or make him appear arrogant. But there are some comparisons to be made between Carsen Edwards and Steph Curry.
The anything-in-the-area-code shooting range. The dazzling footwork and quick release. The willingness to defend, and to take a pounding around the basket. The calm, self-possessed demeanor.
Carsen Edwards wasn't having it, though. Meeting with reporters following his workout with the Pacers Tuesday at St. Vincent Center, he brushed off the comparison as quickly as possible.
"Not really," he said.
After a pause and nudge toward expansion, he smiled.
"He's a totally different level," Edwards said.
Official Site of the Pacers: Jerome Brings Championship Pedigree to Pacers Workout
After experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in college basketball, Ty Jerome is ready to see what the NBA has to offer.
The 6-5 point guard helped lead Virginia on one of the most memorable national championship runs in recent memory this spring. A year after being the first number one seed to lose to a 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history, the Cavaliers earned redemption in 2019, pulling off three straight improbable comebacks beginning in the Elite Eight to capture the first national championship in school history.
Together with Indianapolis native Kyle Guy and De'Andre Hunter, Jerome was one of the catalysts of Virginia's offense during their many shining moments throughout the tournament run.
Official Site of the Pacers: Pacers to Hold Two Pre-Draft Workouts on Tuesday, May 21
The Pacers will hold their first two workouts in preparation for the 2019 NBA Draft on Tuesday, May 21 at St. Vincent Center.
The first workout group includes Brian Bowen II (Australia), Ty Jerome (Virginia), Jaylen Nowell (Washington), Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), Dylan Windler (Belmont), and Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra).
The second workout group includes Nicolas Claxton (Georgia), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), C.J. Elleby (Washington State), Martin Krampelj (Creighton), Derrick Smits (Butler), and Lamar Stevens (Penn State).
The 2019 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Pacers own two picks in this year's draft, one pick in both the first and second rounds, the 18th and 50th overall selections.
Official Site of the Pacers: Ty Jerome: 2019 Draft Prospect
2018-2019 Season Stats
Courtesy of Virginia Athletics
Named All-ACC Third Team in 2017-18...Named to the All-ACC Tournament second team...Earned ACC Player of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 31 points vs. Boston College (12/30/17)
Started 34 games.
Indy Cornrows: Pacers draft workouts begin with Carsen Edwards, Ty Jerome among players at the Fieldhouse
The Pacers begin formal NBA draft prep on Tuesday when they host a pair of workouts with six prospects in each session. The bulk of the players appear to be second-round or free agent options with a few who could slide up to the first round.
The first workout is guard heavy with a couple of forwards, while the second workout has more big men to go along with a couple of guards.
First workout:Brian Bowen II (Australia) - Played in Australia after making a name at Louisville due to his recruitment which led to an FBI investigation.