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The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time 

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A list of the best Indiana Pacers of all time. As one of the charter franchises of the ABA, the Pacers were founded in 1967.The most successful team in the fledgling league's history, the Pacers won three ABA championships in four years and made the finals five times in nine years. Those early Pacers teams had some of the best players in franchise history including superstars like Mel Daniels, George McGinnis and Roger Brown, who was the first Pacers player to be inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

After a decade spent near the bottom of the league, things started to turn around for the Pacers in 1987 when they drafted a lanky kid from UCLA, who some thought wasn't going to make it in the NBA. Reggie Miller proved them wrong and even to this day one of the greatest Pacers ever. The sharpshooting Miller is one of the greatest players in basketball history and led many of the most successful teams in Pacers history during the 1990s and early 2000s. Former stars Dale Davis, Rik Smits, Antonio Davis and Jermaine O'Neal were other outstanding players who played on that roster with Miller. 

After a bit of a rebuilding period, the Pacers roared back in the early 2010s. The team has three famous superstars in Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger. It's rare for a NBA team to have one superstar, nevertheless the talent that Indiana has been able to accumulate. Though the franchise only has a few Hall of Famers, basketball history in Indiana is rich, which can be attributed to it's number of great players.

This is the list of the best Indiana Pacers of all time. If you see someone who should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank the players based on who you think should be considered the greatest Indiana Pacers player ever. 

 

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1
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Shooting guard from Riverside, California, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#7 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #32 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #10 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

2
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale, California

Age: 29

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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#28 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #17 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #67 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

3
Jermaine O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 41

Number: 20

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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#67 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #145 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #65 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

4
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 69

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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#124 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #142 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

5
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Center from Eindhoven, Netherlands

Age: 53

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#225 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #54 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #44 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

6
Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 36

Number: 33

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#139 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #114 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #486 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

7
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, + more

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#73 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #240 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #109 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

8
Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, + more

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#203 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #103 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #29 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

9
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
yeety added Shooting guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Age: 27

Number: 4

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#775 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #72 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #211 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

10
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
wiabux added Small forward and Power forward from Leverkusen, Germany

Age: 56

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Supersonics

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#51 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #30 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #165 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

11
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
slaft added Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 56

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

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#65 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #21 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #74 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

12
Chuck Person is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Small forward from Brantley, Alabama

Age: 55

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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#134 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #355 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #24 of 28 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

13
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Small forward from Queensbridge, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 15

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

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#96 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #169 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #24 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

14
Antonio Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Oakland, California

Age: 51

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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#103 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #71 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #86 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

15
Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Mel Daniels Center from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 75

Teams: Indiana Pacers, New York Nets

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#282 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #78 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #13 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

16
Dale Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Toccoa, Georgia

Age: 50

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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#147 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #338 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #158 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

17
David West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
slaft added Power forward from Teaneck, New Jersey

Age: 39

Number: 21

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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#311 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #137 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #60 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

18
Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
controlx3 added Point guard and Shooting guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 29

Number: 1

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#421 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #67 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time #116 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

19
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time

Age: Dec. at 55 (1942-1997)

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#419 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 24 The Best Small Forwards of the 70s #109 of 347 The Best NBA Players from New York

20
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard and Shooting guard from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 33

Number: 3

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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#319 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #146 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #92 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

21
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Center from New York City, New York

Age: 33

Number: 55

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#106 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #532 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #138 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

22
Stephen Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Port Arthur, Texas

Age: 41

Number: 3

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

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#65 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #480 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #262 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

23
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
TRENT13 added Center / Power forward from Portland, Oregon

Age: 23

Number: 11

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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#396 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #74 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #40 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

24
Billy Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time

Age: 67

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics

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#300 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #172 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #19 of 22 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 70s

25
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time
bigulcards added Myles Turner