Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Indiana fell short of its goal to reach the NBA Finals, as
the Pacers were knocked out by the Detroit Pistons in six games in Eastern
Conference finals.

The Pacers do have two All-Stars on their roster, as forwards Jermaine O’Neal
and Ron Artest, who was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, are in the
prime of their careers.

Al Harrington, who can play power or small forward, gives the Pacers a solid
sixth man. Twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Bender is still developing even
though he has played five seasons in the league.

Indiana has its point guard in Jamaal Tinsley, but 38-year-old shooting guard
Reggie Miller’s best days have passed him by. It is time for the Pacers to
replace the 17-year veteran.

With Jeff Foster as its starting center, Indiana could also try to upgrade its
presence in the middle. Foster is more suited to be a backup.

The Pacers should try to select a guard who Miller can tutor in the final year
(s) of his career. Trading up could be a possibility. Bender could be the
bait, as there are teams who believe there is still a big upside to the 23-
year-old veteran.

Key Player(s): Ron Artest (forward), Jonathan Bender (forward), Jeff Foster
(center), Al Harrington (forward), Reggie Miller (guard), Jermaine O’Neal
(forward), Jamaal Tinsley (guard).

Team Needs: A center, a scoring guard to replace Miller and a backup point

Draft picks: 1st round (29th overall), 2nd round (58th overall).