STORY BY EMILY BARKER
INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a busy week for the Pacers with the announcement of Brian Shaw leaving the team on Monday and the NBA draft on Thursday. Tuesday the Pacers held the last pre-draft workout before team makes their choices for the season, and GM Kevin Pritchard says they feel good about having the 23rd pick.
“Every single year you look at the draft and you ask, ‘is it a good draft or is it a bad draft?’ and you know I think you have to be selective and we are going through our process, its not done yet, but we feel good where we are at and we like some people that we have had in.” Pritchard said.
When looking at players during the pre-draft work outs, the team places importance on more than just the prospects basketball skills.
“Number 1 is that you have to be a great person to be here,” Pritchard said. “that is the ultimate test, we look at that, we evaluate every kid that we bring in here, and if you are not a good kid you are not going to be an Indiana Pacer. What we found out is there are a lot of great kids in this draft and so its going to be a tough decision but its going to be a fun one too.”
Along with having to make choices on players, the franchise also has another big decision to make…who will replace Brian Shaw as assistant coach? On Monday, Shaw announced he was leaving to Pacers to take a job as Head Coach of the Denver Nuggets. Head Coach Frank Vogel, along with the rest of the franchise, is sad to see him go but excited for his new opportunity.
“There is no one more deserving and you know its just exciting to see someone get it right,” Vogel said.” I think he is going to do a phenomenal job for Denver, he is going to be one of the best coaches this league has seen in the next few years and probably for many years.”
In the hunt for a new assistant coach, the Pacers look to make a decision “as quickly as possible” according to Vogel.