Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Indiana Pacers

June 19th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Indiana Pacers had a pleasantly surprising season as they made the playoffs and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, all thanks to the sterling play of their superstar guard Tyrese Haliburton and strong coaching from Rick Carlisle, and they are a frenetic, fast-paced offensive minded team that made a statement to say that they are a team that meant business this season.

The Indiana Pacers went 47-35 in the regular season, and they defeated Milwaukee and New York in the playoffs, but were swept by the Boston Celtics in the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals this year.
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They also have a solid group of players around them. Pascal Siakam will be a free agent, but they may look to keep him if they can. Bennedict Mathurin, Obi Toppin, and others lead a group of solid role players that help maintain their fast and furious, up-tempo offense that make them hard to guard. On the other hand, they’ll need to continue to add depth and talent, and improve on the defensive end.

Here is what I did for the Pacers in the ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Indiana Pacers. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Indiana Pacers. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Indiana Pacers. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the Indiana Pacers. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

In this mock draft, Justin Edwards and Harrison Ingram would be the solid, versatile two-way wings that project well into 3 and D roles, and Edwards is a very athletic forward that has upside, and Ingram is a high IQ player that is a solid facilitator and a connector. Also, Cam Spencer would be a movement shooter that could add that component for Indiana on their roster. Cam Christie is an athletic swingman that would project well into a 3 and D role. The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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