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With just over 48 hours to go from the 2023 NBA Draft the months and months of prep, workouts, and analysis are nearly complete. For the Indiana Pacers that means five picks to be made, (7,26,29,32,55), though the likelihood of them making all of those selections is thought to be low.

Let’s look at what we know to this point. For starters, international sensation Victor Wembanyama is heading to the Spurs via the #1 pick. Then, barring surprises, some combination of Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller are expected to go 2nd or 3rd (currently held by Charlotte and Portland respectively).

After that…it’s truly a guessing game to this point as to who will go (and who will be available) from the 4th pick to where the Pacers stand with the 7th selection.

Potential options at #7 include:

Villanova’s Cam Whitmore

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Overtime Elite’s Amen Thompson

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His brother Ausar Thompson also of Overtime Elite.

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Houston’s Jarace Walker

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Anthony Black out of Arkansas

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and UCF’s Taylor Hendricks to name a few.

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Of course, the Pacers could always end up trading out of the 7th pick to acquire a starting level wing or better as has been rumored over the last week.

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Regardless of which path the Pacers choose the fact remains that, just like last year’s draft, the team must knock it out of the park if they want to be out of this situation in 2024.

A perfect world would find them as a playoff team in 2023-24. You read that right, a playoff team. Not a 7-10 seed play-in team, but a legitimate playoff team.

Whether or not that is possible won’t be decided on Thursday night, but the Pacers can at the very least get a step closer to that goal, provided they have anything close to the draft success they enjoyed in 2022.

Tuesday on The Fan Midday Show Jeremiah Johnson of Bally Sports Indiana and Dustin Dopirak of the IndyStar shared their final thoughts ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Over the course of our chats JJ and Dustin spoke on:

  • the likelihood the Pacers trade away the 7th pick
  • which prospects would mesh well if they stay put at #7
  • who on the roster has the most trade value
  • if we could see multiple trades by the Pacers on draft night
  • if a player like OG Anunoby is obtainable via trade

Check out the full conversations with Dustin Dopirak and Jeremiah Johnson below and keep listening to The Fan Midday Show, weekdays 12-3pm Eastern, on The Fan.

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