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10) Billy Knight
Knight was a great scorer who in the 1976-77 season averaged over 26 points per game. Too bad he came right after the pacer’s Glory days in the early 70s and the 1987 Reggie Miller era Pacers. He was stuck on some bad teams and get forgotten a lot, but Knight was a great player.
9) Mark Jackson
Jackson was not a big-time scorer but he helped to make other players scorers. Jackson was a great leader and decision-maker who made everybody around him a little bit better.
8) Chuck Person
Person played hard every night and was a clutch player, he is most remembered for his epic battles with Larry Bird, Bird would later say that Person was one of the toughest competitors that he ever played against.
7) Rik Smits
Smits was a decent defender but he was more known for a sweet jumper and a hook that was unguardable. His defining moment came in May 1995, when he drilled a 13-foot jumper at the buzzer to beat Shaq and the Orlando Magic 94-93 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
6) Jermaine O’Neal
A lot of Pacers fans did not like the trade for O’Neal as the Pacers traded Dale Davis a fan favorite for O’Neal, and the Pacers front-office was right. The Pacers behind O’Neal made the playoffs in 6 of his 8 years and that’s saying a lot as the Pacers after the 2000 NBA Finals lost a lot of players, O’neal helped to keep the Pacers relevant.
5) Freddie Brown
Brown was a pressure player and when things got tight Freddie wanted the ball, and when he got it more often than not he scored.
4) Roger Brown
Brown was so good he was compared to Elgin Baylor, and with good reason as Brown could do it all. Brown’s career stats of 17.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, don’t even begin to tell the story of how good he was.
3) George McGinnis
McGinnis was a great rebounder and scorer, while with the Pacers McGinnis averaged a triple-double for the entirety of his career with the Pacers.
2) Mel Daniels
Daniels was one of the greatest players in ABA history and helped the Pacers be a dominant team in the league. Daniels’s career stat line was impressive 18.4 PPG, 14.9 RPG, 1.8 APG. Daniel’s was a seven-time all-star and was a two-time ABA MVP while leading the Pacers to a couple of Championships.
1). Reggie Miller
Reggie has to be number one! Maybe the greatest clutch shooter in NBA history Miller was known for coming up big in big games. Most notable were his performances against the Knicks in 1994 and 1995, if you don’t believe me ask Spike Lee! When Reggie arrived in 1987 a lot of Pacers fans were upset that the Pacers didn’t draft hometown hero Steve Alford, but thank go the Pacers didn’t!