The Indiana Pacers are now in offseason mode, as they are now looking at making moves to put themselves in a position to finish what they started this season. After the Miami Heat end their season for the third straight season you know that this team wants to do whatever it can to get over the hump.
This year, the NBA Draft is full of extraordinary talent headlined by the top three players in Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. After an offseason trade last season with the Phoenix Suns, the Pacers will not have a selection in the first round of the draft, leaving them only with the 57th overall pick in the second round.
It is hard to pinpoint who will go in a draft that far down the line, especially in one that has so much talent like this one. That being said, I think the Indiana Pacers would benefit greatly by taking Sean Kilpatrick, a shooting guard out of the University of Cincinnati.
Staying all four seasons in college, Kilpatrick has a career average of 15.3 points a game, including over 20 in his final season. He also pulled down 4.3 rebounds, dished out 2.5 assist, and shot nearly 85 percent from the free throw line in his senior campaign.
There is a lot to like about the 6-foot-4 player, but being projected this low in the draft means that teams obviously have some reservations with him. In 2011, he instigated the fight between his team and Xavier by telling local reporters that Tu Holloway (Xavier’s top player at the time) probably wouldn’t start at Cincinatti.
He also openly expressed resentment in finishing second in the American Athletic Conference player of the year, saying that he thought he deserved the award over later national champion Shabazz Napier. Napier called him out for this, saying,
“He cares so much about that MVP. I don’t care about that. Those guys believe he won it? He can have it.”
You would hope that a player in his senior season would show more maturity in that situation and focus on the upcoming tournament his team would be playing in.
When you get this late in the draft, potential is a key word that teams are looking at, and Kilpatrick is obviously filled with potential. He still has some maturity issues, but coming in to a team that has seen some recent success could be what he needs to make a proper transition; not to mention that Pacers guard Lance Stephenson also attended Cincinnati and they are close friends.