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|Stadium:||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Colours:||Navy blue, yellow & cool grey|
|Hall of Famers:||Alex English, Adrian Dantley, Gus Johnson, Chris Mullin, Mel Daniels, Reggie Miller & Roger Brown|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Jack Ramsay, Bobby Leonard & Larry Brown|
|Rivals:||Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks & Miami Heat|
|Legends:||Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Billy Knight, Roger Brown, Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger, Mel Daniels, Chris Mullin, George McGinnis & Mark Jackson|
|Retired Numbers:||30, 31, 34, 35 & 529|
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The Indiana Pacers were formed in 1967 as one of the 11 teams of the new American Basketball Association, rivalling the NBA. The team’s first player was Roger Brown, an athletic forward whose number is now retired for the franchise. The Pacers made the playoffs in their inaugural season, but were defeated in the first round by eventual champions, the Pittsburgh Pipers.
That off-season the Pacers traded for 1968 Rookie of the Year Mel Daniels. Daniels would go on to win MVP that season leading the Pacers to the ABA Finals where they were defeated by the Oakland Oaks.
Led by Daniels, the Pacers went on to win the ABA Championship in the 1969-70 season, including a ABA high 177 points in a game against the Pipers. Brown dominated the Finals series against the Los Angeles Stars averaging 32 points and 10 rebounds.
The 1970-71 season saw the Pacers moved into the Western Division, where they finished the 1 seed but were defeated by eventual ABA Champions, the Utah Stars. The Pacers won the next two ABA titles led by Daniels, Brown and local young gun George McGinnis who averaged 27.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in the 1971-72 season, which included a 58 point game against Dallas.
McGinnis emerged as the focal point of the team as Daniels and Brown had below average years, eventually being traded after a disappointing end in the 1974 playoffs. With the increased responsibility, McGinnis thrived. ‘Big Mac’ would win co-MVP and go on to average 32 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in the 1995 playoffs, where Indiana would again make the Finals, but go down to the Kentucky Colonels.
All of the ABA teams were struggling financially during this time and in the 1975 offseason McGinnis left the Pacers for bigger money in the NBA. The Pacers ended up making the playoffs in the 1975-76 season, in which would be the last ABA season before merging with the NBA.
Only four teams were going to be absorbed by the NBA and Indiana, along with the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Nets were selected to play in the NBA.
The Indiana Pacers struggled with the new competition only having a winning record and making the playoffs twice in their first 13 seasons in the NBA from 1976-77 to 1988-89.
The Pacers selected UCLA standout Reggie Miller in the 1987 NBA draft, which was met with discontent from the Indianapolis locals, who much preferred home grown hero and Indiana Hoosiers star Steve Alford. The following year the Pacers drafted Rik Smits and then in the 1988-89 season traded for Detlef Schrempf.
Miller, Smits and Schrempf would lead the Pacers to the playoffs in the 1989-90 season with Reggie Miller making the All Star game. The 1990 playoffs would be the first of four straight seasons of the Pacers making the playoffs but being eliminated in the first round, twice to the Boston Celtics.
Following the four straight first round exits, Larry Brown was brought in as Head Coach of the Pacers and Schrempf was controversially traded to Seattle. This was justified as the Pacers beat superstar Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in the first round, marking the Pacers first NBA Playoffs series win.
They then went on to defeat the 1-seed Atlanta Hawks to set up a match up with the New York Knicks. With the series tied 2-2 and the Pacers down by 15 points in the fourth quarter, Miller pulled the Pacers back from the deficit, scoring 25 points in the fourth by himself and infamously taunting Knicks season ticket holder Spike Lee with a choking motion. This was short lived as New York won the next two games to defeat the Pacers 4-3.
Mark Jackson joined the team that offseason and helped the team have their first 50 win season since joining the NBA, getting back to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers defeated their rivals the Knicks in the conference semi-finals with Miller scoring 8 points in 8.9 seconds of game 1 to give the Pacers a series defining victory. The Pacers lost the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games to the Orlando Magic.
The Pacers continued their winning ways in the 1995-96 season with a 52-30 record and were the only team able to beat the 72-10 win Chicago Bulls twice during the season. Late in the season Reggie Miller suffered an eye injury that kept him out until the deciding game 5 of the first round against the Atlanta Hawks, where despite 29 points in his return, the Pacers were unable to overcome the Hawks and their season ended prematurely.
Jackson was traded that off-season and injuries during the 1996-97 season meant that the Pacers were unable to make the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Larry Brown stepped down as head coach, being the Pacers most successful in the NBA but unable to lead the team to the NBA Finals during his time.
Indiana local and NBA legend Larry Bird became the head coach of the team who also acquired Chris Mullin to start at small forward, joining Miller and Smits to lead the team to their best record since joining the NBA of 58-24. The Pacers easily defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Knicks before facing Jordan and the Bulls again, this time in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals.
The Pacers were unable to overcome the Bulls in what would be Chicago’s third straight championship and the last season Jordan, Pippen and Phil Jackson were with the team, opening up a pathway for the Pacers to the NBA Finals.
The Pacers were among the NBA’s elite again in 1998-99, sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers in the first two rounds of the playoffs before facing the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals, who beat the Pacers in six games.
The following season was almost a carbon copy for the Pacers, breezing through the regular season before defeating the Bucks and the 76ers in the first two rounds to set up another match up with the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Under Bird’s guidance, Miller, Smits and Mullin were able to lead the Pacers to revenge over the Knicks and their first ever NBA Finals appearance. It was never to be, unfortunately going up against Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers who beat the Pacers 4-2.
Smits and Bird both retired and Mullin left in free agency, leaving Miller to lead the team with newly acquired centre Jermaine O’Neal. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season, the Pacers made the playoffs but went down to the 76ers in the first round.
The following season saw a blockbuster trade that landed Ron Artest and Brad Miller among others to help Miller and O’Neal make another push towards the playoffs, getting the 8th seed and going out in the first round for the second straight season.
The Pacers were set for a big push in the 2002-03 season but Artest’s multiple suspensions and O’Neal’s time away for personal reasons meant the team was unable to gather enough momentum, falling in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight season. O’Neal and Brad Miller were both All Stars but the 2003 off season saw salary cap issues cause Miller to leave the team.
Larry Bird was named team president and appointed his former assistant coach Rick Carlisle to the lead position. The players responded well to Carlisle, O’Neal and Artest were All Stars and Artest was named Defensive Player of the Year, leading the team to the 1-seed in the East and another Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers fell short yet again, falling to eventual champions, the Detroit Pistons, 4-2.
The Pacers rivalry with the Pistons hit its lowest point during the 2004-05 season after a hard Artest foul on Piston’s big man Ben Wallace, starting what is infamously known now as the ‘Malice at the Palace’. An all in brawl from both teams and fans began, with Artest chasing a Pistons fan into the crowd who had thrown soda over him and O’Neal striking a fan who had charged the court.
Four Pacers players were suspended following the incident, with the worst being Artest who was suspended the rest of the season, including playoffs, which ended up being a 73-game suspension. The suspensions caused the Pacers to struggle, and after being one of the championship favourites, they only managed to hold on to the 6th seed in the East.
The Pacers would beat the Celtics in the first round before facing the Pistons yet again. Detroit defeated the Pacers in 6 games, with Miller playing his last game in game 6, receiving a standing ovation but failing to win an NBA Championship in his 18 year career, all with the Pacers.
Despite losing Miller, Indiana would stay afloat in the 2005-06 season, led by O’Neal and rookie Danny Granger, making the playoffs for the 16th season out of the last 17, losing to the Nets in the first round.
The 2006-07 season was one of the worst for the Pacers who would fire Carlisle as head coach and suffer injuries to key players. The 2007-08 season would mark the first time that Indiana didn’t make the playoffs in back to back seasons for the first time in 30 years.
Danny Granger and guard Mike Dunleavy would lead the Pacers in scoring the following two years and were able to eventually lead Indiana to the playoffs again in the 2010-11 season, with help of 2010 draft pick Paul George. Frank Vogel took over as head coach during the season and would guide the Pacers to the playoffs for four straight seasons.
In the 2011 off season, the Pacers acquired George Hill and David West to form a strong starting line up with Granger, George and Hibberd, who had emerged as a defensive force in the league. This team would land the Pacers the 3-seed in the East and make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since Reggie Miller’s retirement. Indiana faced LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the second round, falling 4-2, despite holding a 2-1.
Granger would be plagued by injuries and eventually traded by the team, with Paul George claiming leadership of the team and becoming an All Star. Despite the Pacers winning ways, George’s emergence as an All Star and Hibberd’s defensive prowess and All Star selection, Indiana would fall to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
Paul George was playing in a game for Team USA in the 2014 offseason where he would fall and gruesomely break his leg and would miss the 2014-15 season, causing the Pacers to miss the playoffs for the first time with George on the roster and with Vogel as coach.
George would return for the 2015-16 season, helping Indiana reach the playoffs again, however they fell in the first round to the Toronto Raptors causing Bird to announce that Vogel would no longer coach the team.
The Pacers would again make the playoffs in the 2016-17 season, but were swept by LeBron James and the Cavaliers. That offseason George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Oladipo would be Indiana’s lead man and would go on to win 2018 Most Improved Player and be selected to the 2019 All Star Game.
The Pacers have made the playoffs for three straight years following George’s departure. The team finished fourth in the Eastern Conference this season after acquiring Malcom Brogdon, TJ Warren and Jeremy Lamb to help Oladipo, Sabonis and Myles Turner, their 2015 first round draft pick.
Indiana suffered a disappointing sweep to eventual Eastern Conference Champions, the Miami Heat, in the first round of the playoffs and are now figuring out how they can improve when many teams around them in the East are.
With TJ Warren sidelined for the most part of the 2020-21 season, the Pacers were already down a starter and it showed with their play. The bright spot was that Sabonis arrived as a genuine star in the league but had little help, resulting in their ninth place finish.
Turner went down with injury and the Pacers traded Oladipo for Caris LeVert, who missed most of the season after being acquired due to a heart condition found in his medical. In the games he did play, he was excellent, showing good chemistry with both Sabonis and Brogdon, which will be invaluable for them in years to come.
The Pacers are an often overlooked team, boasting no superstar players in an under-the-radar market in Indiana. The team lost four straight first rounds from 2016 to 2020 and in their most recent season, they failed to make the playoffs (finishing 9th in the East, going 34-38). Despite this, the team still has a solid lineup with some promising pieces but the question is whether that’s enough to bring the Pacers back into the playoffs and take them past the first-round for the first time since 2014.
After just one season as the head coach, Nate Bjorkgren was fired after the Pacers missed the playoffs for the first time in 6 years, and also having a sub 0.500 win record in the same time. One of general manager Chad Buchanan’s first acts of the offseason was to replace Bjorkgren with the Mavs ex-head coach since 2008, Rick Carlisle, marking his return to Indiana after a 4 year stint with the team in 2014.
The one-time coach of the year winner has the 15th most wins in NBA history as a head coach, with a record of 836-689, not to mention, being the head coach of the most wins in a season in Pacers history in 2003-04 (61-21). Thus, it’s clear Carlisle will look to bring the winning culture that he’s accustomed to for the Pacers. On the Mavs, Carlisle was a mad scientist when it came to maximising players’ and his team’s value, testing out a league-high 28 different starting lineups, so expect to see some similar experiments with the Pacers.
The Pacers parted ways with their career 40.7% 3 point sharpshooter Doug McDermott and young projects, Aaron Holiday and Cassius Stanley. Buchanan bought in Torrey Craig and Brad Wanamaker. Craig offers above average 3 point shooting and adequate perimeter defense, looking to play as a backup wing defender to TJ Warren and Caris Levert. Wanamaker is a solid backup point guard alongside TJ McConnell, as he showed flashes of reliable defense and shooting during his stint with the Celtics back in 2018 to 2020.
The one other significant offseason act by Buchanan was locking down TJ McConnell to 4 years/ $35.2 million. Other than that, the Pacer’s front office had quite an uneventful offseason, not making any big trades to bring in a star studded name nor did they separate the Turner and Sabonis frontcourt. To be fair, the Pacers did bring in 20 points per game scorer Caris Levert in January.
The Pacers have 3 20-point per game scorers in Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, and Caris Levert. This doesn’t count TJ Warren who only played 4 games last season due to injury, but the season before averaged 19.8 points per game on 40.3% 3 point shooting and 53.6% from the field, including a 53 point game in October 2020. These 4 players make up the team’s offense with the center revolving around the big man and all-star, Domantas Sabonis.
Sabonis has proven himself as one of the best passing big men in the league only behind the reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic. Weirdly enough, Sabonis’ stats in his 5th year are nearly identical to Jokic’s 5th year stats, with Sabonis averaging 20.3 points, 12 rebounds and (a team-high) 6.7 assists, compared to Jokic’s 20pts, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in 2018-19.
His scoring numbers have increased every year since entering the league as he has solidified himself as a top inside/ post scorer, shooting 61.4% when guarded “very tight” (0-2 feet). His frontcourt partner, Myles Turner also averaged his highest block average last season, covering up one of the main flaws in Sabonis’ game; defense.
Brogdon last year recorded his best year yet in his career, putting up 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists a game on 45.3 FG% and 38.8 3P%. Not to mention, the all-rounded guard plays solid defense with his stock 229 lbs, 6’5 build and disruptive 6’10 wingspan. Though his offense is limited and his weak shot creating abilities point to him not being a viable 1st option for the team – this is where his new teammate Caris Levert comes into the mix.
The player we are keeping my eye out for is the recently acquired, Caris Levert. Levert brings instant scoring for the Pacers offense, averaging his most points per game for any team with Indiana, putting up 20.7 points a game in 35 games, all of which he started.
Many Pacers fans argue that Levert has the highest ceiling of the team due to his natural shot creating ability, a skill highly valued come playoff time. The 5-out system Carlisle used in Dallas to maximise Doncic could be utilised with this Pacers lineup and give Levert complete freedom in the offense.
After their sweep at the hands of the Heat, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding what the Pacers would look like in 2020-21. As such, their NBA Championship odds opened at a massive +10000. Just before the draft, in mid-November the Pacers odds slightly improved to +9000.
Injuries and poor play saw the Pacers record drop, along with their Championship odds. While they made the postseason, finishing ninth in the East, they never made the Playoffs, being eliminated in the Play-In Tournament. While this left their futures bettors disappointed, a full bill of health for the 2021-22 season could bring a rise up the standings and a better chance at winning it all.
The Pacers’ disappointing play result in them finishing with the sixth worst against the spread record in the league, 32-40. Going 19-17 ATS on the road was actually quite respectable but a dismal 13-23 home ATS record let them down.
Part of the reason they failed to win games was a lack of defense, especially when Myles Turner went down with injury. This resulted in Indiana finishing with the best O/U record in the league, 45-27. The Pacers were 20-16 O/U at home, which is quite modest, but were an impressive 25-11 O/U on the road.
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Where do the Indiana Pacers play?
The Indiana Pacers play their home games at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Who owns the Indiana Pacers?
Herbert Simon is the owner of the Indiana Pacers.
Have the Indiana Pacers won an NBA Championship?
The Indiana Pacers have won 0 NBA championships, however have won 3 ABA Championships in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
Did the Indiana Pacers play in the ABA?
The Indiana Pacers played in the ABA before it was absorbed by the NBA in 1976. The Pacers won 3 ABA Championships in 1970, 1972 and 1972, and was one of four teams to survive the merger along with the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Nets.
Who is the Indiana Pacers coach?
Rick Carlisle is the head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Carlisle, who was an assistant coach of Indiana from 1997-2000, was hired in the 2021 offseason after he parted ways with the Mavericks.
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What is the Indiana Pacers record?
The Indiana Pacers had a 34-38 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Indiana Pacers win last night?
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How much are the Indiana Pacers worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Indiana Pacers are worth $1.525 billion.
Who do the Indiana Pacers play tonight?
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How to watch the Indiana Pacers?
You can watch the Indiana Pacers on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Indiana, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Indiana Pacers make the playoffs this year?
The Indiana Pacers did not make the playoffs for the 2020-21 NBA season. They finished ninth in the East and won their first Play-In game but were eliminated by the Wizards in the Eighth-Seed Elimination Play-In game.
When do the Indiana Pacers play?
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Where did the Indiana Pacers finish the season?
The Indiana Pacers finished the 2020-21 NBA season in 9th in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Indiana Pacers win?
The Indiana Pacers won 34 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the Indiana Pacers odds?
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