Indiana Pacers: 15 greatest shooters of all time

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PF. (1997-06). Austin Croshere. 10. player. 100.

Austin Croshere was a big contributor from beyond the arc for the Pacers for a decade. Though he is only 10th all-time in Pacers history with 3-pointers made, Indiana could often count on him to make a big bucket from distance during his lengthy tenure with the club.

Selected 12th overall in the 1997 draft by the Pacers, Croshere shot a serviceable 34.3 percent from 3-point range during his nine seasons in Indiana, which was right in line with the league averages of that time (between 33.9 and 35.6 percent).

Croshere’s time in Indiana was marked by inconsistency. He would have seasons where he looked like a viable floor spacer — specifically when he shot 39 percent between 2002-04. He would also have seasons where he wouldn’t even make 30 percent of those same shots.

Much like the other three names on this list, Croshere’s numbers say more about the state of the NBA in the late 90s and the early 2000s than anything else. Players of his size were used much differently than they are today. While the three ball was a more often used weapon, it was still looked at more as a bonus rather than an offensive focal point.

A player like Croshere probably would have fit better into today’s game, although the emphasis on switching would have likely kept him on the bench. But in the grand scheme of things, he was a fairly memorable stretch four.