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Indiana Pacers fail to select in first round of 2024 NBA Draft

Indiana Pacers fail to select in first round of 2024 NBA Draft
Indiana Pacers fail to select in first round of 2024 NBA Draft

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers did not make a pick in the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft. Their first pick in the draft is only the 36th overall pick and they did not move into the top 30 on Wednesday night.

“We’re a little limited in the draft this year because we don’t have a first-round pick,” Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan said late last month. “But that doesn’t mean we won’t try to be aggressive if something comes along to fill some of our needs.”

Several teams made it into the late first round, including the Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC traded five future second-round picks for the 26th overall pick, and both Washington and Denver made deals to move up into the 20s.

Indiana has three second-round picks this year and was one of seven teams with more than two picks on Wednesday. They also have additional second-round picks in future drafts, which would have made for an attractive trade package. But Indiana, which already has a deep roster and plenty of young players, is less in need of another first-round pick than other franchises. Their future assets can be put to better use.

The Blue-Goldens also currently have only three roster spots, so it could be difficult to fit draft picks into their plans. They had a similar problem last year, which is another consequence of their great roster depth.

Now the Pacers are moving into night two. They will be one of the NBA’s busiest teams on Thursday as they must sort through their three picks (36, 49 and 50). Indiana could use its later picks to look for talent on two-way contracts or perhaps draft-and-stash prospects. With their top pick, Buchanan said, the team will get the best player it can get.

“The way we look at it is that we have the sixth pick in the draft on Thursday night,” the GM said of the draft, which will take place over two nights.

Coverage of the second round begins Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EST. There will be four minutes between tips, and the event will take place at ESPN‘s Seaport District Studios. Recent mock drafts show there are a number of things the Pacers could do on Thursday, and there’s no bad strategy.

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