The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis. The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division.
|General manager||Chad Buchanan|
|Head coach||Rick Carlisle|
|Affiliation(s)||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
The Pacers were first established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and became a member of the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. They play their home games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The team is named after the state of Indiana’s history with the Indianapolis 500’s pace cars and with the harness racing industry.
On June 30, 2017, Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. The Pacers received heavy criticism for this trade, but it would eventually prove to be the best season of Oladipo’s career, with him showing an increase in points, steals, assists, rebounds, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, as well as three-point percentage, which resulted to winning the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
Following the suspension of the 2019–20 NBA season, the Pacers were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA Bubble to participate in the final 8 games of the regular season. The Pacers would finish the 2019-2020 regular season with a record of 45-28 and headed into the playoffs as the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. On August 12, 2020, the team announced that they had extended Nate McMillan’s contract. They then matched up with the 5th seeded Miami Heat where they would go on to lose the first-round series 4-0 which subsequently ended their 2019–2020 season.
The Indiana Pacers colors are (navy) blue, yellow (gold), cool gray and white. The original team colors of blue and yellow, using a more medium shade of blue, came from the Flag of Indiana. The Pacers wear the usual white home uniform with blue and yellow trim.
On July 21, 2015, the Indiana Pacers, in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios, unveiled a new uniform based on the 1986 motion picture Hoosiers. The Pacers wore these maroon and gold “Hickory” (the name and colors of the fictional High School from the film) uniforms for several home games and a few select road contests during the 2015–16 season. It is the first time a major North American pro sports team wore a uniform based on a film.
The Indiana Pacers unveiled new uniforms and logos to coincide with the NBA’s uniform contract with Nike on July 28, 2017.
Basketball Hall of Fame
|Indiana Pacers Hall of Famers|
NBA All-Star selections
- Roy Hibbert– 2012, 2014
- Paul George– 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
- Victor Oladipo– 2018, 2019
- Domantas Sabonis– 2020, 2021
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