The Indiana Pacers joined the rich tradition of Indiana basketball when they debuted in the American Basketball Association in 1967. After three ABA titles and nine playoff appearances, the Pacers made their switch to the NBA, where they are still looking for their first title. While they have been certainly successful since the merger with 19 playoff appearances and an NBA Finals appearance, they seem to be continually chasing an elusive NBA championship win.
The Pacers have six members in the Hall of Fame including forwards Adrian Dantley, Alex English and Gus Johnson, as well as coaches Larry Brown and Jack Ramsay. While these players certainly made their mark on the league, the team's longest postseason run was led by the standout guard Reggie Miller.
Reggie Miller was drafted in 1987 and instantly changed the fortunes of the Pacers. Once the team had built a solid foundation around the expert three-point shooter, they made the playoffs nine times in the 1990s, but never made it past the conference finals.
The Pacers finally made it to the NBA Finals during the 2000 season. After an inspired series against the New York Knicks to reach the final series, the Pacers were overmatched and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
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