Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller (BEST)
Reggie Miller is criminally underrated. Miller made only five All Star teams but should have made 10 or 15. He’s one of the greatest shooters and scorers in NBA history. Miller led the league in free throw percentage five times and hit almost 89% of his freebies in his career, and he ranks second all time in three pointers made with a sparkling 40% shooting percentage from deep.
Miller ranks top ten all time with 61% true shooting despite constantly being the fulcrum of pretty much every offense he played on. Miller was the best player on all of his teams and dragged six of them to the Conference Finals anyway. Shooting guards aren’t supposed to do that unless they’re the elitest of the elites.
Indiana Pacers: Rick Robey (WORST)
Unless you’re a longtime Pacers fan, you’ve probably never heard of Rick Robey. Robey was the Pacers’ number three pick in the 1978 draft, a University of Kentucky star the Pacers kept close to home. Robey was a bust, starting only 46 games over eight seasons and averaging 7.6 points per game for his career.
He didn’t last long in Indiana as the Pacers shipped him out in a trade his second season to the Boston Celtics, a team that had picked three spots later in the 1978 draft. They had also taken a player local to the Pacers, a talented Hick from French Lick named Larry Bird. That’s right. Indiana had the opportunity to take the hometown kid and passed him up. For Rick Robey.