Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers 2007 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – With no picks heading into the draft, the Indiana Pacers
could be a team that is looking to make a trade that gets them a pick or two.
New head coach Jim O’Brien, who replaced Rick Carlisle, takes over a club that
finished 35-47 and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time since
1997.

All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal led the Pacers in scoring (19.4 ppg) and
rebounding (9.6 rpg), while point guard Jamaal Tinsley handed out a team-best
6.9 assists in 72 contests this past season. However, it would not be shocking
if both players are playing for different teams when the 2007-08 campaign tips
off.

The Pacers made a big move during the season. On January 17th, they dealt
swingman Stephen Jackson, forwards Al Harrington and Josh Powell and guard
Sarunas Jasikevicius to the Golden State Warriors for Troy Murphy, Mike
Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod. The deal worked out for Golden
State, which qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1994.

Murphy and Dunleavy could have short stays in Indiana, as they will be
mentioned in possible trades, while Diogu is a young forward who could fit
into Indiana’s future.

Danny Granger had a productive sophomore season. The New Mexico product played
in all 82 regular-season games, and averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 boards. The
6-9 Granger shot 45.9 percent from the floor and will be a big part of the
Pacers’ plans moving forward.

No one is untouchable on this team. The Pacers have some players who will
interest other clubs. Expect Indiana to be in the middle of a lot of rumors,
and for something to eventually happen.

President of basketball operations Larry Bird has a busy summer ahead of him.
This is a critical offseason for this franchise, and it will determine the
course the team will take over the next several years.

Key Player(s): Marquis Daniels (Forward), Ike Diogu (Forward), Mike Dunleavy
Jr. (Forward), Danny Granger (Forward), Troy Murphy (Center/Forward),
Jermaine O’Neal (Forward), Jamaal Tinsley (Guard), Shawne Williams (Forward).

Team Needs: Consistent outside shooters, shooting guard, depth in the
backcourt.

Draft picks: NONE.

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