The 2014 NBA Draft is now less than a week away as every team is now looking for ways to improve themselves before next season. The Indiana Pacers saw an ultimately successful season come to a disappointing end and want to find ways to make next year one in which they can take the next step to win an NBA championship. Although they do not have a first-round pick and their only selection will be the 57th overall, in this deep draft they are still looking for someone who could eventually be a contributor to their team.
DeAndre Kane from Iowa State would be a great fit for the Pacers in this year’s draft. They are known for their youthfulness as many of their star players are still very young with room to grow; Kane would come in and bring a veteran type presence right away because although he would be a rookie, he is already 25 years old.
After spending three seasons at Marshall and averaging over 15 points a game each season, Kane benefited from the transfer rule which allows players who want to pursue a masters degree to transfer to another school that offers the program. This allowed Kane to not have to sit out a season and he was able to make a huge impact for Iowa State; he averaged 17 points, 5.9 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
At 6-foot-4 Kane enters in the draft similar to how Lance Stephenson did four years ago as far as body type; Stephenson entered at 6-foot-5 and weighed around 210 ,and now he is up 230 which makes him a powerful and effective shooting guard. Kane is only 200 pounds, but if he is able to add weight to his good height he could see similar improvement that Stephenson saw which would be best-case scenario for the Pacers.
It is always so hard to know who teams are going to pick, especially when looking this far down in the draft. That being said, Kane could bring a lot of positives to the city of Indianapolis, and with the team possibly seeing a shakeup this offseason, he could even find some minutes sooner than later.