2018 NBA Mock Draft: Knicks go big with Mo Bamba

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Mohamed Bamba
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23. player. 100. . G/F. SMU. Shake Milton

While the Pacers surprised everyone this year by overachieving and playing a style that disagrees with that of the rest of the league, they will need to be more efficient and effective to compete with the best teams in the league. Part of that will be based on continuous improvement from Victor Oladipo, but another part will be based on Indiana’s ability to supplement him with offensive talent.

As part of a core featuring Oladipo, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, Milton would bring a different skill set completely. While Oladipo is terrifying driving to the hoop and creating offense for himself and his team that way, Milton is more of a play-maker and shooter. He reminds me of the present-day version of Tyreke Evans, except that Milton was also a terror for SMU’s defense.

According to Cleaning the Glass, the Pacers were one of the very best transition teams in the league, adding 4.1 points per 100 possessions to their offensive rating in transition possessions. They did so by playing with multiple ball-handlers, from Oladipo to Sabonis to veterans Darren Collison and Cory Joseph, at all times. Milton’s versatility as a handler as well as a shooter would boost that efficiency even higher.

Depending on who is available, the Jazz will have their pick from the cluster of guards in this range. Milton is the best fit in Utah.