NBA Rumors: What If the Indiana Pacers Acquire Ty Lawson?

Evan MasseyCorrespondent IJune 21, 2010

I've done one article on the Pacers acquiring Darren Collison, but yet another player that I've been hearing about as a possible trade option for Indiana is Ty Lawson.

There are many different things that come to mind when you think about the Pacers acquiring Lawson.

First is the fact that they could have drafted him last year instead of Tyler Hansbrough, and now they have a second chance. The other main thing to think about, and a main reason why this could really work for the Pacers, is the fact that Psycho T (Hansbrough) and Lawson played college ball together, and that could help these players excel together on the same team again.

Lawson averaged 8.3 PPG and 3.1 APG in 20.2 MPG last season with the Denver Nuggets as their backup point guard. In Indiana, obviously, he would be played around 37 MPG or so.  As the starting point guard, and with the way he produced off the bench last year, I think he could step in right away and get the job done for the Pacers.

Lawson is also Pacers GM Larry Bird's kind of player: He stayed in school for an extra year even when he could have come out early. Lawson decided he wanted the experience and to be a leader for UNC's run to the Championship.

Bird is also known for selecting players who have won NCAA Championships.  Keep in mind the effort to bring players with winning attitudes to Indy; Lawson would fill this role very well.

Overall, Lawson probably isn't as good a pickup as Collison would be, but he's definitely a lot better than anything the Pacers have had in the recent past. If they could get away with giving up just the No. 10 overall pick for Lawson, the Pacers would do it in a heartbeat...now they just need to convince Denver to pull the trigger on the deal.


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