Ranking 10 worst Pacers starters of the Reggie Miller era: 9. LaSalle Thompson
At 6-foot-10, LaSalle Thompson played a ton of big man minutes for the Indiana Pacers throughout the course of his career there, as he joined the franchise via trade in the 1988-89 season.
Thompson spent the first portion of his career with the Kansas City Kings (and Sacramento Kings, once they moved cities) before joining the Pacers, where he started for the first couple of seasons.
In his first three-and-a-half seasons with the Pacers, Thompson was close to a full-time starter for the team. He was fine in that role but transitioned into more of a bench role in the latter portion of his Pacers career.
The 15-year NBA veteran was known for his tough-nosed play and for the most part, his role on the bench for Indiana, as Rik Smits and Dale Davis were consistent faces in the starting lineup.
Again, Thompson wasn’t terrible in his role as a starter for the Pacers, but as far as full-time starting guys go during Reggie Miller’s tenure with the team, he was far from the best.
In his best season as a (mostly) full-time starter, Thompson averaged 7.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 48.8% from the field (without taking threes).
Thompson was fine, but when it came to his role, he was best served as a hustle guy off the bench.