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.