Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft
The Indiana Pacers are in yet another tricky situation as the dynamic between Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis continues to degrade. I think it's well within the realm of possibility that one of them is traded this offseason with the hopes of moving up in this draft or acquiring future draft capital.
The 13th overall pick is a bit of an awkward spot for the Pacers to be selecting from. Their biggest need is by far a 3-and-D wing player, but at this point in the draft, both Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody have been selected. In that case, if I'm the Pacers, I'm taking the best player available. Here, with the 13th overall pick, I have the Pacers selecting Tennessee's Keon Johnson.
Johnson is an uber-athletic combo guard that broke the NBA Combine record for the highest maximum vertical jump. Standing at about 6'5" with a 6'7" wingspan, he has the size and athleticism to defend both guard positions and possibly even some smaller forwards. While his three-point shooting was very underwhelming, he is already very good at finishing around the rim, and his decent free-throw shooting and midrange jumper indicate that he could develop an outside shot later on.
While he won't be filling an area of need for the Pacers, he's one of the best players available at the 13th pick and he has the tools to potentially overtake one of their current guards' starting roles. He has alpha traits that are encouraging to see in a potential lead guard and could become unstoppable if he refines his skills in the league.