2019 Final Pacers Mock Draft Look: Couple Of Guards Emerging At Pick No. 18

2019 Final Pacers Mock Draft Look: Couple Of Guards Emerging At Pick No. 18

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2019 Final Pacers Mock Draft Look: Couple Of Guards Emerging At Pick No. 18

Our final Pacers Mock Draft look has a couple of players starting to emerge in Round One at Pick No. 18. How does the final Pacers Mock Draft look?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NBA Finals has not even been over for a full week.

But the NBA off-season calendar ramps up pretty quickly, with Thursday’s Draft leading into free agency beginning at the end of next week.

The Pacers hold the 18th pick in the 2019 Draft, in what is a critical selection for the future of this team.

Here is our final Mock Draft look for 2019:


NBA Draft.Net’s Kailey Jackson: 6-5 SG-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech)


Jackson’s Analysis: Projected as a potential late-lottery pick … Has the look of a great complimentary player at the NBA level ... His natural scoring abilities and consistent high level of play will make an immediate impact on whatever team he is drafted to … If he adds some more muscle, he has potential to be an NBA starter ... 



The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie: 6-7 Forward, PJ Washington (Kentucky)


Vecenie’s Analysis: Washington will be in the mix starting as early as No. 9, and I’d consider this something of a floor that I’d be surprised to see him fall beneath. He’ll start his workouts this weekend, so there isn’t a great sense of who exactly loves him after having him into their building and who doesn’t yet. Having said that, if he was to fall all the way to Indiana, he would fit a lot of what the Pacers need next to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. He could help stretch the floor with his jumper, provide length and physical toughness on both ends of the floor, and provide a solid mid-post game. Washington is probably a role player at the NBA level, but he’s the kind of role player that sticks around for a decade due to how his skill set fits the modern game and how his game profiles toward playing with stars.



Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo: 6-9 F-Nasir Little (North Carolina)


Woo’s Analysis: Little is also in play as high as the late lottery, but it’s also possible he ends up falling into the teens, as he’s a bit further off from contributing than some of the others in this range. He’s a powerful athlete with an undeniably appealing physical profile at forward, but teams continue to dig into his struggles at North Carolina, and still have their concerns. His limited off-dribble game and bouts of tunnel vision as a scorer make him more of a project than most expected coming into the season. Still, Little’s tools present some obvious upside, and he would be a solid value pick here, filling a need for the Pacers on the wing.



The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor: 6-5 G-Tyler Herro (Kentucky)


O’Connor’s Analysis: Shooting is premium skill in the NBA and Herro displays the potential to be a dynamic shot maker and a well-rounded two player.



CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish: 6-8 F-Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga)


Parrish’s Analysis: The power forward position in the NBA isn’t what it used to be. The days of bruising back-to-the-basket scorers are over. Stretch-4s who can guard in space and consistently make 3-pointers are more preferable now ? all of which is good news for Hachimura, a 6-8 forward from Gonzaga who averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season while shooting 41.7% from beyond the arc. Hachimura can punish smaller opponents around the rim, and exploit bigger opponents on the perimeter, similar to the way Thaddeus Young has been doing it in the NBA for more than a decade. Put another way, Hachimura is a matchup problem. And as long as he continues to improve like he did each year in the West Coast Conference, he should have a productive professional career.




-1st Mock Draft Look (May 31)



Wing-Kevin Porter (2)

G-Tyler Herro (2)

G-Nickeil Alexander-Walker (2)

F-PJ Washington (1)

F-Rui Hachimura (1)

F-Nasir Little (1)

G/F-KZ Okpala (1)



Bowen’s Analysis: With the draft coming Thursday, a consensus at a position is starting to develop for Indiana. Bolstering the shooting on the roster is a clear focus for the Pacers this offseason. There are several shooting guard/wing type players being slotted to them at No. 18 overall. A few more traditional forwards in Washington, Hachimura and Little showed up in this final Mock Draft look. But we are still seeing Herro and Alexander-Walker, who both came in for pre-draft workouts. Now, trading the pick is still something that cannot be ruled out, especially considering the uncertainty revolving around Indiana’s odds of luring in a big-name free agent. But if the pick is kept, finding a young shooter that can provide something off the bench early on, with the potential of growing into a starting role, would be a wise route to take.

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