This year will be different though since they will have the first pick outside of the lottery selections; picking 15th this year isn't much worse than in previous drafts where they have selected in the 11-14 range. They have been hit or miss in the past, but Indiana needs to find a solid player now more than ever.
Coming off their grueling playoff series with the Bulls, Indiana is now recognized as one of the young up-and-coming teams in the league. Their fourth-quarter collapses in four of their five playoff games really showed the areas where they need help though.
As we get closer to the June 23 draft, it might become easier for some of the teams picking in the top five to get a feel for who they want. There will be 14 players taken before Indiana gets a chance to select their first-rounder, and they are in the middle of the pack in the second round as well.
With so many guys who can fill specific needs, it will be almost impossible to determine who the Pacers will select until they are on the clock. In my opinion, these are the five most important areas they need to address in the draft.