Pacers’ 2 biggest needs entering 2022 NBA Draft

The Indiana Pacers are in for a pretty weird offseason in 2022. On paper, the team definitely has some intriguing pieces that can give a serious boost to the playoffs. However…this team doesn’t have a high cap either, barring big improvements from their players.

In short, the Pacers are in the dreaded NBA purgatory: not good enough to seriously contend for a title, but not bad enough to be in contention for a big lottery win either.

The good news is that the Pacers have started to pull themselves out of this bind they were in. Turning over all-star center Domantas Sabonis for standout kings Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield was a good start. With the 2022 NBA draft coming up, let’s take a look at what the Pacers need most before that fateful night.

The Pacers’ two biggest needs in the 2022 NBA Draft

A franchise player

The NBA revolves around its stars. That’s just the reality of the league’s situation these days. Rarely do you see teams consistently winning without a true superstar leading the way. If you want to make it big in the NBA, you need this player who can take you to great heights.

Unfortunately, the Pacers don’t quite have this franchise player on their roster just yet. There was hope that Myles Turner could be that guy for the team. However, over the years it has become increasingly clear that Turner’s blanket is a solid second option for a winning team. He gets you points and helps your defense, but he shouldn’t be the type to run the entire offense.

Interestingly, the Pacers have a pretty good roster. We’ve already talked about Turner’s impact on the team. On the other hand, Hield and Haliburton are decent scorers who will feast on a real A1 and get all the defensive attention. Malcolm Brodgon is no joke either, while Chris Duarte has been excellent for her in bouts.

The Pacers don’t necessarily have to trade their draft asset for an established star. For one, no one of this caliber may be available with the assets they have. Instead, they need to find a player in the draft who has the potential to be THE guy for them. With the sixth overall pick, they have a lot of great options available to them.

Defensive Plays

The last great Pacers team in the 2010s made their mark on the defensive end of the ball. With players like Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West and Lance Stephenson, this team made life absolute hell for their opponents. Led by a defensive-minded coach in Frank Vogel, the Pacers then dominated most of the Eastern Conference.

Today’s Pacers are a far cry from the defensive powerhouse we’ve seen before. You have one of the most underrated shot blockers in Myles Turner. However, aside from Turner, Brogdon and Haliburton (who is okay at times), the team doesn’t inspire much confidence at this end of the court.

A successful team starts with a successful defense. The Pacers must do everything they can to strengthen their defensive potential. Whether it’s adding a defensively oriented wing in the final stages of the design or getting a cheap option off the shelf, you need to pull the trigger on this step.

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