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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1. Tyrese Haliburton

To be honest, I was surprised to see this. Tyrese Haliburton is by far and away the most efficient player on this list. His PER is so much higher than Sabonis' that it's startling. His PER is currently 22.9, a full two-plus points higher than what Sabonis had in Indiana.

Haliburton is the face of the franchise and should be for quite a while after signing that maximum extension in the offseason. He is still just 23 years old and is already the best passer in the league, currently leading in assists with 11.2 of them per game.

We know what he is as a passer and what he can be as a scorer when his shot is falling. He has recently gotten his stroke back on this road trip. what makes him so valuable to the Pacers is the fact that other players want to play with such an unselfish player.

He is the whole reason why Indiana went out and got Pascal Siakam. Now the Pacers have two stars they can use to build around for the next few years. Haliburton is the straw that stirs the drink when it comes to the Pacers' offense. It goes how he goes.

What makes Haliburton's PER so high is the combination of his passing and his three-point shooting. He's proven that he can be a highly-efficient shooter from deep over the course of a season. PER really value that because of the extra point it gives teams.

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Do I think Haliburton is really the best player in Indiana Pacers history? No. Do I think he has a chance to get there? Absolutely. He's the real deal and he has a shot to lead the Pacers to their first-ever NBA title at some point in the future.