Ranking 10 worst Pacers starters of the Reggie Miller era: 7. Metta World Peace
Now, at first glance, one will absolutely ask why Metta World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, would find himself on a list like this when in reality, he was great for the Indiana Pacers.
World Peace made his one and only All-Star game while he was a member of the Pacers and put up All-Star-caliber numbers in each of his seasons with the team.
That’s all without mentioning his dominance on the defensive side of the ball, too, as he was one of the best defenders in the league. He even won the Defensive Player of the Year award with the Pacers in the 2003-04 season (his All-Star year).
So, again, why would he be on a list like this?
Well, because the one giant blemish on World Peace’s career happened during his time with the Pacers, and it’s a stain so bad that he has to be on this list of worst starters.
The Malice at the Palace was one of the worst events in the history of the NBA, let alone the Pacers organization. It left a stain so bad that the league had to suspend World Peace for the entire remainder of the season after he played just seven games.
After the incident, World Peace would only play 16 more games for the Pacers before getting traded to the Sacramento Kings the following season, ending his promising career in Indiana before it could fully get going.