I don’t know how this lockout is going to turn out. No one does. Currently I’m staring at a twitter feed hoping that another twelve-plus hour meeting will bring relief to a suffering fan base. No matter what, this lockout WILL end. Whether it’s tonight or tomorrow, the draft next year could be pivotal for our team. I’ve been scanning the college spectrum as much as I can and two players stick out to me and are realistic possibilities. They happen to be on the same team. Here’s my take on Patric Young and Bradley Beal:
6’9/ 220lbs/ Sophomore
NBA potential: Serge Ibaka/ Dale Davis
This guy has a lot of potential defensively. He’s never gonna carry your team in points, but having a physical shot blocking presence can be huge when playoff time comes around. He’s a high flyer who will dunk on people and could learn a nice fifteen-foot jumper. I fell in love with Paul George two years ago, Patric is a front-runner to be my new favorite. Keep an eye out for him.
So far, Patric Young is averaging 9.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds in this short season
6’4/ 196lbs./ Freshman
NBA Potential: Eric Gordon, but a little less drving and a little more shooting.
The Pacers plans for the future is somewhat of a mystery. We all know Danny has been reportedly made unavailable in trades, but he’s going to be 29 soon. Paul George seems more of a natural fit at small foward, so that leaves the two spot open. Sure, he’s a bit short, but Brad Beal is a lights out shooter who’s getting Ray Allen comparisons from some scouts. He’s already lighting up college basketball in his first year and could make the same impact on the pros next year.
Currently averaging an astounding 16.3 points per game with 5 rpg. Sure, hes getting a lot of minutes at almost 32 a game. But, that’s promising for a freshman in college no matter how you look at it.