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Indiana Pacers Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Indiana Pacers began play as an ABA franchise in 1968 and merged into the NBA in 1977. Before that merger, the ABA version of the team won three championships, but they still have zero titles in the NBA to date. The team has been very competitive over the years, though, and here is a short list of the Pacers’ all-time leading scorers to date:
Reggie Miller (25,279)—Guard/forward Reggie Miller played his entire career in Indiana, from 1987 to 2005, and was one of the great NBA stars of all-time. Miller racked up 25,279 total points, which ranks him tied with Rick Barry for 16th place in NBA history. It’s also tops for the Pacers, but amazingly, Miller only scored over 2000 points one time. That was his best offensive season, 1989-90, when Miller scored 2016 points (25 per game), with a career best .514 field goal percentage, including an astounding .414 from 3-point range.
Rik Smits (12,871)—Center Rik Smits played his entire career for the Pacers, from 1988 to 2000, and he ranks second in franchise history with 12,871 total points. Smits’ best season was 1994-95, when he scored a career best 1400 points (18 points per game).
Billy Knight (10,870)—Guard/forward Billy Knight had two stints with Indiana, one in the ABA and NBA from 1974 to 1977 and another from 1979 to 1983. Knight ranks third in Pacers’ history with 10,870 points, and his best season was 1976-77, when he scored a career high 2075 points (27 per game).
Roger Brown (10,058)—Forward/guard Roger Brown played his entire career in the ABA, most of it with the Pacers from 1967 to 1975. Brown ranks fourth in the team’s history with 10,058 total points. His best season was 1969-70, when Brown racked up a career best 1935 points (23 points per game)
Jermaine O’Neal (9580)—Forward/center Jermaine O’Neal has played in the NBA since 1996 and was with Indiana until 2008. He currently plays for Miami as I write this in 2010. O’Neal ranks fifth in Pacers’ franchise history with 9580 points, and his best season was with them in 2002-03. That year, O’Neal scored a career high 1600 points (21 per game).