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NBA Mock Draft: Indiana Pacers Select Keita Bates-Diop

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the 23rd pick, the Pacers take Keita Bates-Diop.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #23 — Keita Bates-Diop, Forward, Ohio State

SB Nation’s Indiana Pacers blog Indy Cornrows explains the pick:

The Indiana Pacers were unlucky to lose the tiebreaker with the four teams to finish the regular season at 48-34. Yet, many would argue they were lucky to be in that tiebreaker in the first place, and many experts deem this draft to be deeper than usual. Plain and simple, the Pacers need wing depth. They take one step forward by drafting the Big Ten Player of the Year in Keita Bates-Diop. KBD averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for OSU. Bates-Diop was a solid scorer in his senior season, but it’s tough to see him exceling in the NBA without further improvement in perimeter shooting and added strength. His bigger impact is likely on the defensive end as he proved he could guard 1-4 at the collegiate level. His 6’8” height and 7’3” wingspan give him the length to disrupt shots and passing lanes, while his agility allows him to keep smaller players in front of him. KBD should be able to carve out a spot in the rotation as a versatile wing who can switch onto defenders of multiple positions. Plus, you have to admit it would be pretty cool to have a Dipo and Diop Duo.

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  23. Pacers KEITA BATES-DIOP
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