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SBNation NBA Mock Draft, Pick #13: Indiana Pacers

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With the thirteenth pick in the 2009 SBNation Mock Draft, the Indiana Pacers, represented by SBNation's Pacers blog Indy Cornrows, select... (Drum Roll please)

From Indy Cornrows:  The Indiana Pacers have a long-term need to gather talent at every position, with only three players currently under contract past the 2010-11 season. They also have a short-term need for some interior toughness to buttress (This word is my favorite for describing Blair -- Scott) a flimsy front court in their quest to make the playoffs next season. DeJuan Blair out of Pittsburgh covers both of those needs. Considering the young, high-upside guards are gone, Blair becomes an easy pick at 13 for the Pacers.

Blair was quite productive for a very good Pittsburgh team last year, but is considered undersized as a power forward in the NBA. Dude just slimmed down to 275 pounds and he's undersized? That's a big boy regardless of his height. Plus, Blair boasts a 7'2" wingspan, so you combine the reach with the booty and he should have no problem clearing space to chase down rebounds and put back buckets against taller more lithe competition.

Defensively, Blair can help immediately by simply playing the role of a Brinks truck in the lane. Pacer opponents found the path through the lane far too friendly last season. Blair's size and physical nature should make that quest to the bucket much more harrowing for opposing playmakers. So assuming the Pacers don't trade down to gather more assets, I expect Blair to be a solid addition to the roster who will quickly become a fan favorite next season.

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The 2009 SB Nation Mock Draft thus far:

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Clips Nation: Blake Griffin

2. Memphis Grizzlies - 3 Shades of Blue: Ricky Rubio

3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Welcome to Loud City: James Harden

4. Sacramento Kings - Sactown Royalty: Tyreke Evans

5. Washington Wizards - Bullets Forever: Hasheem Thabeet

6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus: Stephen Curry

7. Golden State Warriors - Golden State of Mind: Brandon Jennings

8. New York Knicks - Posting and Toasting: Jrue Holiday

9. Toronto Raptors - Holly MacKenzie: DeMar DeRozan

10. Milwaukee Bucks - BrewHoop: Jordan Hill

11. New Jersey Nets - Aisander "IcemanCometh" Duda: Jonny Flynn

12. Charlotte Bobcats - Rufus On Fure: Gerald Henderson