Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are a team of North American professional basketball league NBA. Play their home games in the franchise in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Team History

As early as 1948 there was an NBA team in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Jets. From 1949 to 1953, there were still the Indianapolis Olympians.

The Pacers were in 1967 one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association ( ABA) and in the following years, one of the dominant teams of competing with the NBA league. In the seasons of 1970, 1972 and 1973, the Pacers won the ABA championship.

In 1976, the Pacers were integrated as part of the union of NBA and ABA in the NBA. In the NBA, they were not as successful as before in the ABA and reached in the first ten years only two times the play-offs. However, the Pacers were drafted in the 80 future key players. Among Chuck Person (1986 to 4th digit ), Reggie Miller (1987 in 11th place ) and the Dutch center Rik Smits ( 1988 second place). Just came 1989, the German Detlef Schrempf to the team. In 1990, the playoffs have been achieved for the first time back then. Early 1990, the Pacers were getting better and developed into a top club in the Eastern Conference. After Larry Brown in 1993 took over the post as coach, the Pacers reached in 1994 and 1995, the Conference Finals. As of 1997, the former NBA legend Larry Bird took over the team as a coach. With a core of Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Jalen Rose and Dale Davis, he led the Pacers in 1998 and 1999 also in the Conference Final and in the 1999/00 season then in the NBA Finals. There they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in six games. It also managed the Pacers as the first and to date the only team to score more than twice as many points as the adversary in a game. On 27 February 1998 she defeated the Portland Trail Blazers with 124:59. As of 2000, took over as coach Isiah Thomas Bird. In addition, we undertook with Jermaine O'Neal a future star players. With Thomas would retire between 2001 and 2003 every time in the first playoff round. Then reached the Pacers, under Rick Carlisle, in the season 2003/ 04, again the Conference Finals. Likewise, was signed with 61 wins and 21 defeats from the best season of the team's history. 2005 ended Reggie Miller, the franchise player the Pacers, his career. With the resignation Miller, the team was built around players like Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal. In the NBA Draft in 2005 was chosen from 17 out of Danny Granger. In the following season, the Pacers reached again the play-offs. But it went downhill with the Pacers, who thereafter until 2011, the play-offs no longer reached. During this time, Granger became the new franchise player of the team, after Artest in 2006 left the team. When NBA Draft 2008 gave the Jamaican Center Roy Hibbert, who had been previously selected by the Toronto Raptors to 17th place. In return, among other things, O'Neal left the team in the direction of Toronto.

In the 2009/10 season, the Pacers played their worst season in 20 years and have won only 32 of 82 games. When NBA Draft 2010, Pacersführung decided in the first round to 10th place for Paul George, in the second round they chose Lance Stephenson in 40th place. ( Overall, the Pacers were three draft rights to ). In addition, the Pacers picked for the 2010/11 season with Darren Collison and James Posey further amplification. Similarly, a coaching change was made ​​during the season and became the new head coach Frank Vogel. Under his leadership, the Pacers were able to move back into the play -offs and were subject to there in the first round of the Chicago Bulls.

In the shortened due to the lockout season of 2011/12 made ​​it the Pacers to establish itself in the top tier of the Eastern Conference. The obligation of David West and Leandro Barbosa of the squad could be strengthened. Particularly Center Roy Hibbert improved and was invited to the Allstar game and established himself as a performer alongside Danny Granger. The regular season ended the Pacers with 42 wins and 24 defeats in third place in the Eastern Conference and met in the first round of the play -offs on the Orlando Magic. The series against the Magic ended with 4-1 wins for the Pacers. In the subsequent semi-final the Pacers faced the favored Miami Heat and left with 2:4 against the eventual champions.

For the 2012/13 season the Pacers changing their squad on only a few positions and widened it. Breakfast was made a long absence from Danny Granger, who eventually missed almost the entire season due to injuries. With Paul George is another player played in the foreground and was invited to the Allstar Game and received by the league the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the Meistverbesserten player of the season. The Pacers finished the season with 49 wins and 32 defeats in third place in the Eastern Conference. The first round of play-offs could the Pacers 4-2 victories finish against the Atlanta Hawks. In the second round they also turned on the New York Knicks from 4-2 before they failed in the conference finals with 3:4 in the late champion Miami Heat.

Current squad

Honors and significant achievements