2013 NBA Draft: Indiana Pacers Make Curious Draft, Trade Colton Iverson

By John Raffel

The Indiana Pacers were apparently satisfied with the one player they picked in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Their second round selection was eventually sent to the Boston Celtics for money.

The Pacers, with their 23rd pick, took Solomon Hill from Arizona. The Pacers surprised many people by picking Hill that high. The reports on Hill is that he is tough and versatile, and the team likes his abilities at power forward.

There’s no secret the Pacers want to shore up their bench by getting additional players. Hill was a curious pick. When it came to picking No. 53rd, the Pacers initially made what looked to be a smart move with the selection of Colton Iverson.

He’s a 6-foot-11 center and first-team all-Mountain West pick who played well for the  Colorado State Rams and averaged 15.2 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. He helped get to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Perhaps he was another player who could eventually give the Pacers the depth they need in their drive to an NBA title. Instead, the Pacers traded Iverson to a Boston squad that announced earlier in the night that it traded Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers got cash in return for Iverson.

So if the Pacers are going to build some depth, they decided it wouldn’t be via the draft. It was a dull night if you’re a Pacers fan, but if they can add the depth they need through another means and still take the NBA title, it’s likely that the fans won’t matter.

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