Indiana Pacers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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12. Mark Jackson

The Indiana Pacers have had their fair share of solid floor generals over the course of their history, but Mark Jackson is probably the greatest they’ve ever had overall. And no, he was never a perennial All-Star or threat to make an All-NBA team, but he was an incredibly consistent game manager-type that could be counted on to keep his team in a position to win night in and night out.

He spent time with Indiana over the course of 6 seasons, one of which, of course, was the Pacers’ NBA Finals appearance in 1999-2000. He was never a major scoring threat, but he didn’t need to be. Guys like Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose could pick up the slack in that regard.

Instead, Mark Jackson was an amazing distributor that always put his teammates in positions to succeed. In his 1996-1997 season, Jackson even led the entire NBA in assists with an incredibly impressive 11.4 per game. He also developed into a bit of a sniper from long range when he needed to be for the Pacers, shooting about 40 percent from 3 is his final season with the team.

Mama, there goes that man.