Indiana Pacers Tickets
The Indiana Pacers started playing basketball as an ABA team back in 1967. Their 9 years stint in the league was quite a successful one as the Pacers won three championships – 1970, 1972, 1973. The team joined the NBA in 1976 and the initial years were nothing but struggle. Facing failure for more than a decade and half, the team finally found some stability in the 90s, winning two Division titles in 1995 and 1999. Slowly but steadily, the Pacers became one of the top clubs in the Eastern Conference and added four more Division championships to their haul (2000, 2004, 2013, 2014). In 2000, the team even advanced to the NBA Finals but was defeated 4-2 by the Los Angeles Lakers. Thousands of fans bought the indiana pacers tickets to watch the live showdown, giving support to the underdogs.
The Early Years
The Indiana Pacers ABA years posted their best win-loss record. Not only did the team dominate the league, it also produced many talented players. Forward George McGinnis, Center Mel Daniels and Forward Roger Brown were the three standout players of that era and eventually the franchise retired their uniform numbers. No Indiana Pacers player ever wore the numbers 30, 34 and 35 again.
George McGinnis joined the ranks with the fellow legend Julius Erving and the two even shared “ABA Most Valuable Player” honor in 1975. By the time McGinnis finished his career, he was the third-leading scorer in the Indiana Pacers history. Mel Daniels was a four-time All-ABA player and was named the “ABA Most Valuable Player” twice. Roger Brown was signed as the Pacers first player and he spent almost 8 years with the team. His stats constantly averaged in the double figures and by the time he finished with the club, he was the second-leading career scorer.
The Struggle Begins With NBA
The NBA threw quite a disappointing welcome party for the Indiana Pacers. It was a rude awakening for a side that had previously won three championships. What little confidence the team had was shattered by the in-form Boston Celtics. In fact, several NBA teams struggled at the hands of the Celtics who were at their peak in the early years. Even though the Pacers found it hard to bounce back, they were hardly ever embarrassed. If they lost, it was after putting up a great fight and it kept their fan following alive.
The team kept experimenting with its roster and changes were made continuously to the lineup. The Pacers fortunes turned around in 1981when they replaced Bob Leonard with Jack McKinney as the head coach. The immediate results were quite satisfying as for the first time since joining the NBA, the Indiana Pacers posted 44-38 record. Things moved in positive direction and Billy Knight got the scoreboard ticking in important games. Even though the franchise couldn’t record any major wins, Jack McKinney was named the “NBA Coach of the Year”.
In 1984, the Pacers added another gem to the side, Clark Kellogg. The team received strong contributions from him and he even made it to the “NBA All-Rookie Team”. Herb Williams and Kellogg played spirited games but didn’t get the support from the rest of the players – not enough to land them into championship games.
The Reggie Miller Era
In 1987, the Pacers were allowed the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft and they hit jackpot with Reggie Miller. Called the “scoring machine”, the 6’7” guard from UCLA became the league’s top offensive threats. In 1989, another big name was added to the lineup in the form of Rik Smits. Even though the players shined at individual level, the Pacers couldn’t quite figure out a winning formula.
Mark Jackson arrived in 1995 and along with Smits and Miller helped the Pacers win their 4th Division title overall but first as the NBA team. The game witnessed soaring sales of Indiana pacers tickets and a jam-packed crowd enjoyed this epic win.
The Pacers continued to find their stride during the 90s and added another division championship to the count in 1999. The repeated the feat in 2000 but it got only better as they found place in their first NBA Finals. The only catch was that they were up against one of the best teams in the league – Los Angeles Lakers. While the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant didn’t disappoint their fans, the Pacers supporters had to go home disheartened.
Before Miller’s retirement, he treated the fans to another Division title in 2004 and finally bid his farewell in 2005.
The Latest on Indiana Pacers
The Pacers landed with Paul George in 2010 and his addition to the roster earned the side two more Division titles in 2013 and 2014. He is currently in great form and averaging at 23.1 points. Myles Turner is incredible as Center and the experts are expecting many strong seasons from him. He has a long career ahead of him in which he can become a key contributor for Indiana. The Pacers have a complete starting five and if they play to their potential then they can enjoy successful upcoming seasons.
Here’s a list of Indiana Pacers who made it to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Alex English (Forward)
- Adrian Dantley (Forward/Guard)
- Gus Johnson (Forward/Center)
- Chris Mullin (Forward/Guard)
- Mel Daniels (Center)
- Reggie Miller (Guard)
- Roger Brow (Forward/Guard)
The Pacers 2015-16 season was a lot better than their 2014-15 season – they made the playoffs. Their fans expect them to make big plays this season too and have already started to get their Indiana pacers tickets.