Ranking the Last 10 Pacer Drafts

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In 1987, the Pacers selected Reggie Miller with the 11th pick in the draft, upsetting many local Hoosier fans who wanted the team to take local hero Steve Alford. It is the most famous moment in Pacers´ history.

But that`s just what it is: history.

It doesn`t have any connection to the current team, whereas the last few drafts are what have shaped the current squad and (re)built the team culture since the 2004 Malice in the Palace and the subsequent off-court problems submarined interest in the Pacers.

Last night may have been a big disappointment to Pacers` fans (Larry Bird sold the 57th pick), but it was unlikely that a late second rounder would ever have amounted to anything anyway.

No, the state of this current team has largely been created by what has happened in the draft over the past 10 years.

Which of those drafts have proven the best and worst for Indiana?

We offer a definitive ranking here.

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  • llcoolray3000

    Nice. In regards to Green and Plumlee, how much of their improvement/development is attributable to more playing time and Phoenix’s scheme? The same could go for Leonard. How he fits in with the Spurs and the benefit of an elite coach can’t be overlooked.

  • Anonymous

    Remember when we first made the playoffs again and played the Bulls? Tyler Hansborough played great in that series, constantly knocking own mid-range jumpers, until he got hurt. He also had a great post turnaround jumper in college, but somehow he forgot how to shoot after that Bulls series. If he could have kept that up I think he would have been a really good player for us