|Stadion||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Location||Indianapolis , Indiana|
|Club colors||Blue, gold, gray
|General manager||Kevin Pritchard|
|Farm teams||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Conference title||1 ( 2000 )|
|Division title||6 ( 1995 , 1999 , 2000 , 2004 , 2013 , 2014 )|
As early as 1948 there was an NBA team in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Jets . From 1949 to 1953 the Indianapolis Olympians still existed .
The Pacers were one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1967 and one of the dominant teams in the league that competed with the NBA in the years that followed. The Pacers won the ABA championship in the 1970 , 1972 and 1973 seasons .
In 1976, the Pacers were integrated into the NBA as part of the merger of the NBA and ABA. In the NBA they weren't as successful as before in the ABA and only reached the play-offs twice in the first ten years. However, future key players of the 80s and 90s pacer teams were drafted in the 80s . Including Herb Williams (1982 in 14th position), Vern Fleming (1984 in 18th position) Wayman Tisdale (1985 in 2nd position), Chuck Person (1986 in 4th position), Reggie Miller (1987 in 11th position) and the Dutch center Rik Smits (1988 in 2nd place). The German Detlef Schrempf also joined the team in 1989 . Steve Stipanovich (1983 in 2nd place) and Clark Kellogg (1982 in 8th place), who despite talent, had to end their careers early due to serious injuries, can be named as an unfortunate draft election . In 1990 the playoffs were reached again for the first time. In the early 1990s, the Pacers got better and better and became a top club in the Eastern Conference . After Larry Brown took over as coach in 1993, the Pacers reached the conference finals in 1994 and 1995. From 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 to the Conference Finals in 1998 and 1999 and then to the NBA Finals in the 1999/00 season . There they lost against the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in six games. In addition, the Pacers were the first and to date only team to achieve more than twice as many points as their opponents in a game. On February 27, 1998, they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers at 124: 59. From 2000 Isiah Thomas took over the coaching post from Bird. In addition, Jermaine O'Neal was signed, a future star player. With Thomas you were eliminated every time between 2001 and 2003 in the first play-off round. Then the Pacers, under Rick Carlisle , reached the conference finals again in the 2003/04 season . They also closed the best season in team history with 61 wins and 21 defeats. In 2005, Reggie Miller, the Pacers franchise player, retired. With Miller's resignation, the team was built around players such as Ron Artest , Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal. In the 2005 NBA draft , Danny Granger was selected in 17th place . In the following season, the Pacers reached the play-offs again. But things went downhill with the Pacers, who then did not reach the play-offs until 2011. During this time, Granger became the team's new franchise player after Artest left the team in 2006. In the 2008 NBA draft you got the Jamaican center Roy Hibbert , who had previously been selected by the Toronto Raptors in 17th place. In return, among others, O'Neal left the team for Toronto.
Paul George era (2010-2017)
In the 2009/10 season , the Pacers played their worst season in 20 years and could only win 32 of 82 games. In the 2010 NBA draft , the Pacers leadership decided in the first round in 10th place for Paul George , in the second round Lance Stephenson was chosen in 40th place. (In total, the Pacers had three draft rights). In addition, the Pacers picked for the 2010/11 season with Darren Collison and James Posey further reinforcement. A coach change was also made during the season and Frank Vogel became the new head coach . Under his leadership, the Pacers were able to move into the play-offs again and were defeated there in the first round by the Chicago Bulls .
In the 2011/12 season, which was shortened due to the lockout , the Pacers managed to establish themselves in the top group of the Eastern Conference. By signing David West and Leandro Barbosa , the squad could be strengthened. Center Roy Hibbert in particular improved and was invited to the Allstar Game and established himself as a top performer alongside Danny Granger. The regular season ended the Pacers with 42 wins and 24 losses 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 following semifinals, the Pacers met the favorite Miami Heat and were eliminated 2-4 against the eventual champions.
For the 2012/13 season , the Pacers changed their squad in only a few positions and broadened it. It was clear early on that Danny Granger would be absent for a long time, who ultimately missed almost the entire season due to injuries. With Paul George , another player played himself in the foreground and was invited to the Allstar Game and received the NBA Most Improved Player Award from the league for the most improved player of the season. The Pacers finished the season with 49 wins and 32 losses in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers finished the first round of the play-offs with 4-2 wins against the Atlanta Hawks . In the second round they knocked out the New York Knicks 4-2 before they failed in the Conference Finals 3-4 at eventual champions Miami Heat .
The 2013/14 season was just as successful as the last. With 56 wins, the Pacers had the best record in the Eastern Conference and thus secured their home advantage. After you could win the series against the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards , you met again in the conference finals on the Miami Heat. Also this time the Heat prevailed with 2: 4.
Star player Paul George suffered a broken leg during a friendly match for the US national team, so that he was out for much of the 2014/15 season . Without George, the Pacers achieved only 38 wins and narrowly missed the playoffs. For the new season , center player Roy Hibbert was handed over to the Los Angeles Lakers . Forward David West moved to the San Antonio Spurs . The Pacers, on the other hand, signed Monta Ellis and Jordan Hill , as did rookie Myles Turner in the 2015 NBA draft .
After the elimination in the first round of the 2015/16 play-offs , the expiring contract with head coach Frank Vogel was not extended. On May 16, 2016, assistant coach Nate McMillan took over the post of head coach for the Pacers . The Pacers signed Jeff Teague , whom they traded for George Hill , and Thaddeus Young in the offseason . McMillan led the Pacers with a 42-40 record in the playoffs, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first playoff round.
New start without Paul George (since 2017)
After numerous speculations about star player Paul George, he was transferred after seven years with the Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis . Before the season started, the Pacers were given no greater chances of making the playoffs, but precisely because of the explosion in performance of newcomer Oladipo, but also thanks to Bojan Bogdanovic , Darren Collison and Thaddeus Young , the Pacers achieved 48 wins of the season and qualified as the fifth best team in the East for the Playoffs. In the first round, however, they were narrowly defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers after seven games.
Honors and achievements worth mentioning
|30th||George McGinnis||Forward||1971–1975 and 1980–1982|
|529||Bobby Leonard||Head coach (Wins 529: 456 losses)||1968-1980|
|Larry Bird||Head coach||1997-2000|
|Jack Ramsay||Head coach||1986-1988|
|Larry Brown||Head coach||1993-1997|
|Isiah Thomas||Head coach||2000-2003|
|Ron Artest (Metta World Peace)||Career ended|
|Antonio Davis||Career ended|
|Dale Davis||Career ended|
|Mike Dunleavy||Career ended|
|Vern Fleming||Career ended|
|Paul George||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Lance Stephenson||Liaoning Flying Leopards|
|Danny Granger||Career ended|
|Roy Hibbert||Career ended|
|George Hill||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Mark Jackson||Career ended|
|Chris Mullin||Career ended|
|Jermaine O'Neal||Career ended|
|Chuck person||Career ended|
|Scot Pollard||Career ended|
|Jalen Rose||Career ended|
|Detlef Schrempf||Career ended|
|Rik Smits||Career ended|
|Peja Stojaković||Career ended|
|Steve Stipanovich||Career ended|
|Herb Williams||Career ended|
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|1967/68||38:40||48.7||0-3 in the division semifinals against the Pittsburgh Pipers|
|1968/69||44:34||56.4||1: 4 in the ABA final against the Oakland Oaks|
|1969/70||59:25||70.2||ABA champions 4-2 against the Los Angeles Stars|
|1970/71||58:26||69.0||3: 4 in the division finals against the Utah Stars|
|1971/72||47:37||56.0||ABA champions 4-2 against the New York Nets|
|1972/73||51:33||60.7||ABA champions 4-3 against the Kentucky Colonels|
|1973/74||46:38||54.8||3: 4 in the division finals against the Utah Stars|
|1974/75||45:39||53.6||1: 4 in the ABA final against the Kentucky Colonels|
|1975/76||39:45||46.4||1: 2 in the first round against the Kentucky Colonels|
|total||427: 317||57.4||69:50 in the playoffs ( 58.0% ) - 3 ABA championships|
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|1976/77||36:46||43.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1977/78||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1978/79||38:44||46.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1979/80||37:45||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1980/81||44:38||53.7||0-2 in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers|
|1981/82||35:47||42.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1982/83||20:62||24.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1983/84||26:56||31.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1984/85||22:60||26.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1985/86||26:56||31.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1986/87||41:41||50.0||1: 3 in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks|
|1987/88||38:44||46.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1988/89||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1989/90||42:40||51.2||0-3 in the first round against the Detroit Pistons|
|1990/91||41:41||50.0||2: 3 in the first round against the Boston Celtics|
|1991/92||40:42||48.8||0-3 in the first round against the Boston Celtics|
|1992/93||41:41||50.0||1: 3 in the first round against the New York Knicks|
|1993/94||47:35||57.3||3: 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks|
|1994/95||52:30||63.4||3: 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic|
|1995/96||52:30||63.4||2: 3 in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks|
|1996/97||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1997/98||58:24||70.7||3: 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls|
|1998/99||33:17||66.0||2-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks|
|1999/00||56:26||68.3||2: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2000/01||41:41||50.0||1-3 in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2001/02||42:40||51.2||2-3 in the first round against the New Jersey Nets|
|2002/03||48:34||58.5||2-4 in the first round against the Boston Celtics|
|2003/04||61:21||74.4||2-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons|
|2004/05||44:38||53.7||2-4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Detroit Pistons|
|2005/06||41:41||50.0||2-4 in the first round against the New Jersey Nets|
|2006/07||35:47||42.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2007/08||36:46||43.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2008/09||36:46||43.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2009/10||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2010/11||37:45||45.1||1: 4 in the first round against the Chicago Bulls|
|2011/12||42:24||63.6||2-4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat|
|2012/13||49:32||60.5||3: 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat|
|2013/14||56:26||68.3||2-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat|
|2014/15||38:44||46.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2015/16||45:37||54.9||3-4 in the first round against the Toronto Raptors|
|2016/17||42:40||51.2||0-4 in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2017/18||48:34||58.5||3-4 in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2018/19||48:34||58.5||0-4 in the first round against the Boston Celtics|
|2019/20||45:28||61.6||0-4 in the first round against the Miami Heat|
|total||1789: 1761||50.4||115: 126 in the playoffs ( 47.7% )|
|league||Victories: defeats||Won [%]||Playoffs|
|ABA||427: 317||57.4||69:50 in the playoffs (58.0%) - 3 ABA championships|
|NBA||1789: 1761||50.0||115: 126 in the play-offs (47.7%)|
|total||2216: 2078||51.6||184: 176 in the play-offs (51.1%)|
- Year by Year with the Pacers. Indiana Pacers, accessed January 3, 2011 .
- Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers Box Score, February 27, 1998. Retrieved April 2, 2020 .
- NBA Draft 2010 - Team Overview: Indiana Pacers. NBA, August 11, 2010, accessed January 3, 2011 .
- Pacers get Collison from Hornets in four-team trade. (No longer available online.) NBA August 11, 2010, archived from the original on August 15, 2010 ; accessed on January 3, 2011 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- spox.com: Pacers part with Vogel article from May 5, 2016
- spox.com: McMillan becomes head coach Article from May 16, 2016
- Report: Paul George traded to Oklahoma City Thunder before free agency starts