My All-Time Starting Five: Indiana Pacers

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If I were to put together an all-time Indiana Pacers starting five, I would narrow it down to these All-Star players.

The Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are members of the Central Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). First established in 1967 as members of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Indiana Pacers became members of the NBA in 1976 because of the ABA-NBA merger. They play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The team is named after Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry.

The Indiana Pacers have won three championships, all in the ABA. The Pacers were Eastern Conference champions in 2000. The team has won eight division titles.

Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller was the face of the Indiana Pacers from 1987 to 2005. Known for his trash talk, Reggie Miller was an elite shooting guard that moved without the ball and hit long-range jumpers. He was also one of the most clutch NBA players ever, which was evident during his rivalry with the New York Knicks in the 1990s. Reggie Miller is the franchise leader in Free Throws Made (6,237), 3-Point Field Goals Made (2,560), and Field Goals Made (8,241). He is a five-time NBA All-Star and a member of the 50–40–90 club, which is a group of players who have had a shooting percentage at or above 50% for field goals, 40% for three-pointers, and 90% for free throws during an entire NBA regular season.

Jermaine O’ Neal

Jermaine O’ Neal spent eight seasons for the Indiana Pacers. He made the playoffs six times in those eight seasons and blossomed into an All-Star player. Jermaine O’ Neal selected to five NBA All-Star games. What made him a great player was his ability to score in the post, hit his mid-range shots and block shots with either hand. His 9,580 points helped him secure the fifth spot in the team’s all-time scoring list.

Mel Daniels

Mel Daniels was a great center that led the Pacers to three ABA championships during his six years tenure with the team. Mel Daniels led the ABA in rebounds per game three times and was the ABA's all-time leader in total rebounds (9,494) and career rebounding average (15.1 rebounds per game). He played in seven ABA All-Star Games, won the 1969 ABA All-Star Game MVP award, and named ABA MVP on two occasions (1969, 1971).

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson played six seasons with the Indiana Pacers and averaged 8.4 points and 8.1 assists per game. He helped lead the team to four Eastern Conference Finals and the 2000 NBA Finals. He ranks fourth on the all-time assists board. He is the 1988 NBA Rookie of the Year, an NBA All-Star, and the 1997 NBA assists leader.

Ron Artest

Ron Artest was one of the league's premier defenders during his tenure with the Indiana Pacers. Physical and tough, Ron Artest played hard on both ends of the court. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004 and named an NBA All-Star that same year. His involvement in the Malice at the Palace made him famous and led the NBA to suspend him for 86 games. Ron Artest won an NBA championship in 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Aug 2015 (#)

Shamarie, I love this series. The pictures are awesome. Congratulations on the shiny gold star. You are the best!

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
18th Aug 2015 (#)

Reggie Miller, Ron Artest and Mark Jackson are the best choices to have a Dream Team of Pacers basketball players. Miller was lights out a three point shooter during his playing days. He did outshine his sister Cheryl Miller who was a basketball superstar for the USC Trojans basketball team.

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author avatar Shamarie
18th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for the comments, Nancy and Deepizzaguy!!! I appreciate them!!!

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author avatar Retired
18th Aug 2015 (#)

This list is incomplete if the late Roger Brown is not on it. How can you leave him out? He's one of only four players who ever had his uniform number retired by the Pacers. He was possibly the best player in ABA history. The Pacers never would have won those championships without him. I would rank Brown right after Reggie Miller. Definitely he comes miles ahead of Daniels, Artest, Jackson and O'Neal. Brown played alongside Daniels, and Brown was the better player.

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