While Baylor forward Quincy Miller has lottery-type potential, his decision to enter the 2012 NBA Draft after an underwhelming freshman season doesn't seem to be paying off at this point in the pre-draft process.
In his latest mock draft for ESPN Insider, Chad Ford has Miller falling all the way to the Indiana Pacers at No. 26:
By virtually every account, Miller was a top-10 pick coming into his freshman season and would've been top 10 on most draft boards in 2013. But scouts aren't very high on him right now, and I wonder how differently they would feel had his knee been 100 percent this season. This is a steal for the Pacers if he slides this low.
Miller suffered a torn ACL in December of his senior year of high school, an injury which typically takes players 12-18 months to recover from.
On a veteran Indiana team fresh off a deep run in the playoffs, he would probably not get many minutes initially, especially with two other long wings (6'8 Danny Granger and 6'9 Paul George) already on the roster.
However, as long as he stays in the first round, he will still receive millions of dollars in guaranteed money. After one devastating injury as an amateur, Miller may have a more developed grasp of his athletic mortality than many prospects his age, which would explain why he was willing to become a professional when his draft stock was an at all-time low.
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