The seven greatest Pacers in team history ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

The Indiana Pacers have a long and storied history of great players. According to PER, these are the seven greatest Indiana Pacers in NBA history.

Mar 22, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) looks to
Mar 22, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) looks to / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Victor Oladipo

The Pacers had to trade Paul George after he wanted out with a year left on his contract. They got back Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo. Oladipo is the next player on this list and had some sensational seasons while he was in Indiana. He has a PER of 19.8 with the Pacers.

Oladipo played in Indiana for parts of four seasons. He was an All-Star in two of them and made Third-team All-NBA in 2017-18. Oladipo also made First-team All-Defense that same season as well. He was the best player on the Pacers and looked like the face of the franchise.

In that season, Oladipo averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. Those 2.4 steals per game was good enough to be the best in the NBA. He was a menace in the backcourt for Indiana and was one of the biggest reasons why Indiana pushed the eventual NBA Finals representative Cleveland Cavaliers to a 7-game series.

Unfortunately, Oladipo was injured just after the All-Star game in the 2018-19 season. He blew out his quad and has really never been the same. The Pacers traded him in the 2020-21 season to Houston and ended up with Caris Levert in return from Brooklyn in a three-team trade.

I really wish that Oladipo hadn't gotten hurt. He was such a good player for the Pacers and looked like he was ready to be a franchise player for a long time. Instead, he's now out of the league and has had a myriad of knee problems related to that same injury. It's quite a shame.

The next player on this list has his number retired in the rafters of Gainbridge Fieldhouse.