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Pacers pick at No. 18: TJ Leaf, UCLA forward

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The Indiana Pacers selected UCLA forward TJ Leaf with the No. 18 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night. 

Ford's Big Board ranking -- No. 22:  "One of the best pure scorers in the draft. Has a great feel for the game. Can score in the paint or on the perimeter. High basketball IQ. Can handle contact." More (Insider)

Kevin Pelton's stats and scouting ranking -- No. 23: "Leaf will probably need to be an efficient scorer to succeed in the NBA, because he's a relatively weak defender and rebounder for a 4." More (Insider)

Scouting report -- positives:

  • Long, athletic big man

  • Bouncy athlete that finishes above the rim

  • Good shooter with 3-point range

Scouting report -- negatives:

  • Needs to add a lot of strength

  • Lacks toughness

  • Below average defender

Read the full scouting report (Insider)

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he'll be an All-Star: 0.74 percent

  • Chances he'll be an NBA starter: 15.23 percent

  • Chances he'll be a role player: 19.65 percent

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