Feb 25, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Paul George of the Indiana Pacers completes a dunk at the 2012 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Throwback Thursday: Indiana Pacers All Star Edition

Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference guard/forward Paul George (24) of the Indiana Pacers dunks against the Western Conference all-stars during the first half of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In honor of Paul George’s pending All Star starter appearance, I thought I would look back at the All Star games that featured some of the Indiana Pacers. This year, I believe the team could have three or four guys at the game, but did you know that the old ABA days featured four Indiana Pacers involved at an All Star game?

Roger Brown, Mel Daniels, Freddie Lewis, and Bob Netolicky all got there way back in 1969-1970. That appearance was one of six for Mel Daniels. Jermaine O’Neal reached that plateau as well for the NBA Indiana Pacers as he’s made it six times.

Reggie Miller comes along with five appearances in the game and and he had two different teammates come along with him, Rik Smits (1997-1998) and Dale Davis (1998-1999). My memory must be foggy because I didn’t remember Dale Davis being there, but that was quite a good team back then, so I should have remembered that.

Jermaine O’Neal had a couple of teammates join him back in the day as well, Brad Miller (2002-2003) and The Artest Formerly Known as Ron (2003-2004).

Paul George will join the multiple appearance club with his second appearance. I believe Roy Hibbert gets another nod as a reserve when that time comes around. But I am wondering if Lance Stephenson or David West end up on their as well? Wouldn’t you want to award the best team with multiple All Stars who are worthy of that?

There’s one good thing that I have noticed is that the Indiana Pacers have been represented well throughout the years during the All Star Weekend. Paul George and Gerald Green have been part of dunk contests. Fred Jones won said dunk contest. Danny Granger and Reggie Miller have been part of three point contests. Then of course, all the names above have seen playing time in the actual All Star game.

Many have pointed out Paul George’s performance last year as one of the best Pacers’ performances. Can he make this year even better?

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