Indiana Pacers

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The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis.wikipedia
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Eastern Conference (NBA)

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The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.

Indianapolis

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The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is home to two major league sports clubs, the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).

ABA–NBA merger

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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.
As part of the merger agreement, the NBA agreed to accept four of the remaining six ABA teams: the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs.

Central Division (NBA)

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The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.
The division consists of five teams, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Indiana

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The team is named after Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry.
Indiana is home to professional sports teams, including the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and hosts several notable athletic events, including the Indianapolis 500.

Reggie Miller

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Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, and George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons.
Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Indiana Pacers.

Mel Daniels

Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, and George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons.
He played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the Minnesota Muskies, Indiana Pacers, and Memphis Sounds, and in the National Basketball Association for the New York Nets.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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They play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The arena is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association.

American Basketball Association

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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.
Four ABA teams were absorbed into the older league: the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs.

Kentucky Colonels

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Since the NBA would only agree to accept four ABA teams in the ABA–NBA merger, the Pacers and the three other surviving ABA teams also had to compensate the two remaining ABA franchises which were not a part of the merger, the Spirits of St. Louis and Kentucky Colonels.
The Kentucky Colonels were only one of two ABA teams, along with the Indiana Pacers, to play for the entire duration of the league without relocating, changing its team name, or folding.

Billy Knight

Billy Knight and Don Buse represented Indiana in the NBA All-Star Game.
Playing with the Indiana Pacers in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and later the National Basketball Association (NBA), he was both an ABA and NBA All-Star.

National Basketball Association

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The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division.
The franchises added were the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and New York Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets).

1976–77 NBA season

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For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, and San Antonio Spurs.
Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets.

1984 NBA draft

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The next year, they traded a 1984 draft pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Tom Owens, who had played for the Pacers during their last ABA season.
The Houston Rockets won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Portland Trail Blazers, who obtained the Indiana Pacers' first-round pick in a trade, were awarded the second pick.

Downtown Indianapolis

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In 1974, they moved to the plush new Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis, where they played for 25 years.
Market Square Arena opened in 1974 as home to the National Basketball Association (NBA) Indiana Pacers.

George McGinnis

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Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, and George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons.
McGinnis immediately became one of the marquee players of the ABA, playing a key role on the Indiana Pacers' championship teams in each of his first two seasons with his hometown franchise.

Clark Kellogg

Clark Kellogg was drafted by the Pacers in the 1982 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, but the Pacers finished the 1982–83 season with their all-time worst record of 20–62, and won only 26 games the following season.
Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. (born July 2, 1961) is the former VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, and a former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

San Antonio Spurs

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For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, and San Antonio Spurs.
In the playoffs, the team was defeated by the Indiana Pacers in seven games.

Chris Mullin

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Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, and George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons.
Thereafter, Mullin played with the Indiana Pacers from 1997 until the 1999–2000 season.

Alex English

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Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, and George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons.
English signed with the Indiana Pacers as a free agent after the 1977-78 season.

Jack Ramsay

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After winning 22 games in 1984–85 and 26 games in 1985–86, Jack Ramsay replaced George Irvine as coach and led the Pacers to a 41–41 record in 1986–87 and their second playoff appearance as an NBA team.
He was best known for leading the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA Title, and for his broadcasting work with the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat, and for ESPN TV and ESPN Radio.

Denver Nuggets

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For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, and San Antonio Spurs.
The Nuggets, Nets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs were merged into the NBA.

1984–85 NBA season

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After winning 22 games in 1984–85 and 26 games in 1985–86, Jack Ramsay replaced George Irvine as coach and led the Pacers to a 41–41 record in 1986–87 and their second playoff appearance as an NBA team.

Don Buse

Billy Knight and Don Buse represented Indiana in the NBA All-Star Game.
A 6'4" (1.93 m) guard from the University of Evansville, Buse played 13 seasons (1972–1985) in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association as a member of the Indiana Pacers, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Kansas City Kings.

Market Square Arena

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In 1974, they moved to the plush new Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis, where they played for 25 years.
Market Square Arena was best known as the home of the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association from 1974 to 1999.