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The Best Indiana Pacers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Updated November 5, 2019 214 votes 20 voters36 items

List RulesVote based only on career success with the Indiana Pacers. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

All Indiana Pacers first-round draft picks were made with the intention of improving the team to contend for an NBA championship. While Indiana has yet to win it all, they have made some great picks in the NBA draft throughout the years.

The Pacers of the 1990s were defined by Reggie Miller, a Hall of Famer who belongs on the list of best NBA players of all time. All-Star Danny Granger came along in the mid-2000s, while Paul George, one of the top basketball players right now, was taken by the Pacers with the 10th pick in 2010.

So, which of these players had the biggest overall impact positively on the Pacers? These stats shown only reflect the players’ time spent with Indiana, and that’s what you should base your vote on: Did this player help improve the Pacers?

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  • 1
    Reggie Miller

    Draft selection: 11 (1987)

    Stats
    1,389 games played, 18.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg

    Achievements
    5× NBA All-Star (1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000)
    3× All-NBA Third Team (1995, 1996, 1998)

  • 2
    Myles Turner
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    Myles Turner

    Draft selection: 11 (2015)

    Stats
    280 games played, 12.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016)

  • 3
    Paul George

    Draft selection: 10 (2010)

    Stats
    448 games played, 18.1 ppg, 6.3 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 spg

    Achievements
    4× NBA All-Star (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
    3× All-NBA Third Team (2013, 2014, 2016)
    NBA All-Defensive First Team (2014)
    2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013, 2016)
    NBA Most Improved Player (2013)
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2011)

  • 4
    Danny Granger

    Draft selection: 17 (2005)

    Stats
    544 games played, 17.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Star (2009)
    NBA Most Improved Player (2009)
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2006)

  • 5
    Chuck Person

    Draft selection: 4 (1986)

    Stats
    479 games played, 19,0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.6 apg

    Achievements
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1987)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1987)

  • 6
    Clark Kellogg

    Draft selection: 4 (1982)

    Stats
    260 games played, 18.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.9 apg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)

  • 7
    Dale Davis

    Draft selection: 13 (1991)

    Stats
    671 games played, 9.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Star (2000)

  • 8
    Al Harrington

    Draft selection: 25 (1998)

    Stats
    390 games played, 10.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg

  • 9
    Vern Fleming
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    Vern Fleming

    Draft selection: 18 (1984)

    Stats
    816 games played, 11.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg

  • 10
    Wayman Tisdale

    Draft selection: 2 (1985)

    Stats
    289 games played, 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg

  • 11
    Rik Smits

    Draft selection: 2 (1988)

    Stats
    867 games played, 14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Star (1998)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1989)

  • 12
    Travis Best

    Draft selection: 23 (1995)

    Stats
    469 games played, 8.1 ppg, 3.8 apg

  • 13
    Steve Stipanovich

    Draft selection: 2 (1983)

    Stats
    403 games played, 13.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.3 apg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)

  • 14
    Austin Croshere

    Draft selection: 12 (1997)

    Stats
    540 games played, 7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg

  • 15
    Rick Robey

    Draft selection: 3 (1978)

    Stats
    43 games played, 8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg

  • 16
    Tyler Hansbrough

    Draft selection: 13 (2009)

    Stats
    246 games played, 8.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg

  • 17
    Herb Williams

    Draft selection: 14 (1981)

    Stats
    577 games played, 15.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg

  • 18
    T. J. Leaf

    Draft selection: 18 (2017)

    Stats
    111 games played, 3.4 ppg

  • 19
    Aaron Holiday

    Draft selection: 23 (2018)

    Stats
    50 games played, 5.9 ppg, 1.7 apg

  • 20
    Fred Jones

    Draft selection: 24 (2002)

    Stats
    245 games played, 7.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg

  • 21
    Dudley Bradley

    Draft selection: 13 (1979)

    Stats
    164 games played, 8.2 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.4 spg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1981)

  • 22
    Eric Piatkowski
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    Eric Piatkowski

    Draft selection: 15 (1994)

    Stats
    Never played for Pacers

  • 23
    Solomon Hill

    Draft selection: 23 (2013)

    Stats
    169 games played, 6.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg

  • 24
    Vonteego Cummings

    Draft selection: 26 (1999)

    Stats
    Never played for Pacers

  • 25
    Jerryd Bayless

    Draft selection: 11 (2008)

    Stats
    Never played for Pacers