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    Seeing Geezer's post about Roger Brown (thanks, Geez!) got me thinking about an all-time starting five for the Pacers. Perhaps you have done this before, but if so, I haven't seen it.

    So, let's have some fun. Give me your Pacers all-time starting five. One player for each position.

    My starting five:

    PG: Don Buse
    Buse made the All-Star team in the ABA and NBA, led the league in steals (and was first team on the NBA All-Defensive team), and ends up in my starting line-up.

    (others considered: Ricky Sobers, Johnny Davis, Billy Keller, Vern Fleming, Mark Jackson)

    SG: Reggie Miller
    This is obvious.

    (others considered: no one)

    SF: Roger Brown
    It is a shame he is not in the Hall of Fame. Younger Pacers fans can get a good feel for him by reading Geezer's post and the book Loose Balls. I also think this could be the Pacers best position in terms of overall talent.

    (others considered: Adrian Dantley, Detlef Schrempf, Derrick McKey, Chuck Person, Clark Kellogg, Ron Artest)

    PF: Jermaine O'Neal
    This was the closest call for me. I pick JO by a whisker over Big Mac. Ask me twenty minutes from now and I may go with George. But for now, JO gets the nod.

    (others considered: George McGinnis, Dale Davis, Herb Williams (better Pacers career than most realize)

    C: Rik SMits
    Perhaps my most controversial call. However, Rik is among the Pacers' career leaders in many categories, and was a main player during the Pacers greatest NBA stretch to date. He also complements JO's style more than my second choice, Mel Daniels.

    (others considered: Mel Daniels, Steve Stipanovich, James Edwards, Jon Edwards)

    There you have it: Buse, Miller, Brown, O'Neal, and Smits.

    Let me hear your thoughts.

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    PG: Mark Jackson
    SG: Reggie Miller
    SF: Chris Mullin
    PF: Dale Davis
    C: Rik Smits

    6th Man: Jeff Foster (who is 17 rebounds away from 2,000 career boards if you didn't know )

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    Default Re: All-time Starting Five

    I knew I'd forget some people. I should have considered Chris Mullin, though he still wouldn't have beaten out Brown on my team.

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    It would have been a toss-up between Buse and Freddie Lewis. An interesting one-on-one battle between Smits and Daniels -although I don't think Smits would have ever gotten a rebound against Daniels. Hard to argue your other picks.

    Those who haven't read the article Geezer posted should. You should be aware of the history of your franchise. These were damn good players.
    The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.

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    I think we did this just a couple weeks ago. I'll see if I can find that thread.

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    Well, dang. I must not have been paying attention a few weeks ago!

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    I'm assuming Granville Waiters is your all-time favorite Pacer
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    I'm sure my starting 5 will show my age, but these are my first and second team pix

    pg - Mark Jackson / Jamal Tinsley
    sg - Reg-gie
    sf - Ron Artest / Chris Mullin
    pf - JO / George McGinnis
    c - Rik Smits / David Harrison (in 3 years)
    6th man - Al Harrington / Jeff Foster

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    Default Re: All-time Starting Five

    PG: Vern Flemming
    SG: George McCloud
    SF: Kenny Williams
    PF: Tiz
    C: Stipo


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    PG Tinsley (an injury free one)
    SG Miller
    SF Artest (hey we broke our regular season wins record with him)
    PF O'Neal
    C Brad Miller (yes I know it was only for half a season but I'd take him over Smits any day)

    6th man Antonio Davis, Al Harrington, Detlef Schrempf...or hell anyone else that left because they could be a starter on another team.

    *Rose came close to getting Artests spot because he did lead us in scoring when we went to the Finals, but not one of my favorites

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABADays
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    I'm assuming Granville Waiters is your all-time favorite Pacer
    Well, he is the inspiration for my name in here.

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    PG: Freddie Lewis--a winner.
    SG: Reggie
    SF: Artest (because of what he can/might accomplish)
    PF: Big George
    C: JO--Yes, I am cheating!

    Bench:

    Billy Knight
    Vern Fleming (a great finisher in traffic)
    Smits (he could sub in like James Edwards did for the Pistons when they were champs)
    Dale Davis
    Derrick McKey (for a possesion)
    Michael Williams (for that one year when he was healthy & HOT)
    Mel Daniels

    Apologies:

    2 Roger--Can't have you on the same team as both Reggie & Billy...& since I know the other players better....sorry.

    Keller--would be a fan favorite. Hoiberg was an attempt to remember Billy. Should be on the team because no other Pacer--as far as I know--ever had a song writtem & released about him. Can anyone post the complete lyrics to that song?

    Earl Tatum--Just joking.

    Mike Banton--an injured reserved player.

    Chuck Person--if he showed up against the Celtics in a full mink coat & whipped it open like a flasher (Marvin Barnes) with nothing on underneath except his uniform &
    said, "Game time is on time."

    That completes my Pacer team with honorariums shouted out to those who might might make it if i posted this a few hours from now...

    Easy

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    Pretty good picks Easy. I would also have to say JO and Big George would be a virtual tie. But since you left Brown off, I hereby exile you to remembertheaba.com.
    The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.

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    1. Jackson, Tinsley, Workman
    2. MILLER, Rose, Scott
    3. McKey, Artest, Mullin
    4. O'Neal, D. Davis, Foster
    5. Smits, A. Davis, Perkins

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    PG Bender (remember Isiah played him there in an exhibition game or 2)
    SG Bender
    SF Bender
    PF Bender
    C ?? I'll go with Greg Kite, since Bender never played there.

    but...

    Freddie Lewis, Reggie Miller, Roger Brown, Jermaine O'Neal, and Mel Daniels are my real picks.

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    Default Re: All-time Starting Five

    Well, I didn't start really following the Pacers until '91, so I'll have to go with:

    C - BMiller/Smits/Perkins
    PF - O'Neal/DDavis/ADavis
    SF - Artest/Person/Mullin
    SG - RMiller/Rose/Scott
    PG - Tinsley/MJackson/Workman

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