2009 NBA Draft Preview: No. 13 Indiana Pacers

Danny Granger2008 First Round Pick: Jerryd Bayless, who they traded to Portland for Brandon Rush. Rush finished the season as the back-up shooting guard and he should split time at the two next season as well.

Departures: Jarrett Jack (restricted), Josh McRoberts (restricted), Maceo Baston, Marquis Daniels (team option), Travis Diener (player option), Stephen Graham, Rasho Nesterovic.

Emergence: As the winner of the most improved player award this season, Danny Granger emerged as a top 10 player in the NBA. He can score the ball at the rim or from the perimeter, is a solid rebounder for a small forward and averages a block and a steal per game on defense. I have him finishing in the top five of MVP voting next season.

Needs: A point guard that can replace the horrific contract of TJ Ford, and both a power forward and center. I love a Jack (if he stays)/Rush/Granger line, and Troy Murphy is solid at power forward. Still, they need depth in the front court and a guard to replace Jack if he leaves.

The Pick: Brandon Jennings, Point Guard, Italy. Some will be shocked if he falls this far, but I think his ego lands him here. He is in the top five easily if he stayed in the states for college. Jennings is very quick and should work well with Granger on his side. He plays with a cockiness about him, which helps him stay a step ahead of his competition. His quickness translates on defense with his lateral movement and quick hands. I like the kid, but I think he slides.

Other Options: Best point guard available.

Other Draft Previews:

14. Phoenix SunsAustin Daye, Small Forward, Gonzaga

15. Detroit PistonsB.J. Mullens, Center, Ohio State

16. Chicago BullsJames Johnson, Small Forward, Wake Forest

17. Philadelphia 76ersJeff Teague, Point Guard, Wake Forest

18. Minnesota TimberwolvesJrue Holiday, Point Gaurd, UCLA

19. Atlanta HawksEric Maynor, Point Guard, Virginia Commonwealth

20. Utah JazzTyler Hansbrough, Power Forward, UNC

21. New Orleans HornetsTerrence Williams, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Louisville

22. Dallas MavericksChase Budinger, Shooting Guard, Arizona

23. Sacramento KingsOmri Casspi, Small Forward, Israel

24. Portland Trail BlazersTy Lawson, Point Guard, UNC

25. Oklahoma City ThunderSam Young, Small Forward, Pittsburgh

26. Chicago BullsDarren Collison, Point Guard, UCLA

27. Memphis Grizzlies - DaJuan Summers, Small Forward, Georgetown

28. Minnesota TimberwolvesToney Douglas, Guard, Florida State

29. Los Angeles LakersMarcus Thorton, Guard, LSU

30. Cleveland CavaliersDaMarre Carroll, Forward, Missouri

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