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?