Ranking 10 worst Pacers starters of the Reggie Miller era: 5. Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins is a very well-known NBA player, as he enjoyed an extremely successful career in the league, playing with multiple teams and spending 17 years in the NBA.
He’s perhaps best known for his time with the Dallas Mavericks, as they drafted him with the fourth pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, he made an All-Rookie team and had a bunch of great years with them.
Perkins went on to also play for the Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle Supersonics before joining forces with the Indiana Pacers in free agency ahead of the 1998-99 season.
At that point, Perkins was 37 years old and entering the last stage of his impressive NBA career, but the Pacers brought him off the bench. Well, for the first two years, at least.
In his final season with the Pacers, Perkins started 41 of the 64 games he played in during his age-39 season in 2000-01, and needless to say, it didn’t go too well.
That year, Perkins averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38.1% from the field and 34.5% from behind the three-point arc. He only played 15.6 minutes per contest.
Perkins was a great NBA player, but as a starter for the Reggie Miller-led Pacers, he left a lot to be desired.