2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Indiana Pacers Should Target

5 Players the Pacers Should Target

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The Indiana Pacers have taken a huge step forward over the past few seasons and now appear to be among the group of teams that can seriously contend for a title. Going forward, however, the Pacers will need to find some production off the bench to stay amongst the NBA's elite. Although the Pacers traded their first-round pick to Phoenix for Luis Scola, there is some nice talent that can be found in the second round of the draft.

5. Russ Smith

Russ Smith
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5. Russ Smith

 Russ Smith
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"Russdiculous" was fantastic during Louisville's title run last season, and he has them peaking at the right time again this year. His height may make him a liability at the next level, but his ability to create his own shot and put points on the board may make him a low-risk gamble for Indiana.

4. Justin Cobbs

 Justin Cobbs
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4. Justin Cobbs

 Justin Cobbs
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Cobbs, a senior for California, is the definition of a floor general. He sports a nifty assist-to-turnover ratio and takes care of the ball on offense. He's quite solid on the defensive end as well. He could be an excellent option off the bench in the future, possibly becoming the eventual replacement for C.J. Watson.

3. Andre Dawkins

 Andre Dawkins
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3. Andre Dawkins

 Andre Dawkins
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Dawkins never rose to the elite level that Duke fans thought he would reach, but he would add some much-needed shooting to the Pacers' second unit.

2. Alec Brown

Alec Brown
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2. Alec Brown

 Alec Brown
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Alec Brown is, admittedly, a project. Before his junior year, he was considered a potential lottery pick, but he decided to return to Wisconsin-Green Bay. Brown underwhelmed during his junior campaign, but has since improved as a senior. His good shooting ability for his size and his solid defensive numbers make him an intriguing prospect.

1. Keith Appling

Keith Appling
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1. Keith Appling

 Keith Appling
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Appling's extensive experience as a Big Ten point guard is a big plus. Although he has suffered through a multitude of injuries during his college career, he has been a consistent performer in East Lansing. Needless to say, the kid would be a nice addition to Indiana's second unit.

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