Best: Indiana Pacers — Reggie Miller
Look away, Spike Lee. The Knick Killer will always be remembered as one of the most clutch players in NBA history, and he’s also the most accomplished Pacer by leaps and bounds. Miller scored over 25,000 points in 18 seasons with Indiana and is one of the greatest shooters in league history.
He was arguably underappreciated and would surely be even better in today’s run and gun shootout NBA. Reggie never quite got that ring, but he did lead the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals six different times.
Worst: Indiana Pacers — Rick Robey
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.