RE:Pacers drafting Miles Plumlee is a mistake...
ESPN's Chad Ford hammered the Pacers for their two picks...
Analysis: For the past few years it seems like the Pacers have been hitting all the right notes in free agency and the draft, and it paid off big for them last season as the team came together to make a serious run in the playoffs.
Since their second-round ouster, however, the wheels feel like they've come off. Both Larry Bird and David Morway, the architects of the Pacers' rebuilding effort, left the team in a messy soap opera that left everyone inside the Pacers confused and frustrated. Kevin Pritchard survived and was promoted to GM the day before the draft, and former Pacers and Knicks president Donnie Walsh returned on Tuesday, too.
Amid all of the front-office chaos, I think something must have just slipped through the cracks because the Pacers' draft is uncharacteristically weak. Plumlee was a workout wonder, but his four years at Duke raise serious questions about how his size and athleticism translate on the court. I know the Pacers think he could be Jeff Foster 2.0 -- but Foster put up much better numbers in college.
Johnson wasn't as big of a reach at 36. But given the amount of cash that Pacers spent to get him and their current roster, I don't totally get it. The team will search for a veteran that does the same thing in free agency, which could make him irrelevant. Given Walsh's and Pritchard's reputations, this was probably just a one-year deviation from the norm, but it sure wasn't a pretty one.