The Pacers are not a big market team, and their roster building has gone overlooked in comparison to some of the others in the league. Victor Oladipo has turned out to be one of the best guards in the league, which wasn't for certain given his time in Orlando. You also have young talent like Domantas Sabonis, who came over from Oklahoma City after just one year. Myles Turner is still only 23 but hasn't quite progressed as some have hoped. Indiana made some moves to get backcourt depth as they added TJ McConnell, who was playing over in Philadelphia. They also have names like Justin and Aaron Holiday, which is a family that makes up quite a bit of the NBA. Overall this is a group with a lot of upside and will be a fun team to watch.
Who Is The Pacers Head Coach?
Nate McMillan is the Pacers head coach and has been coaching since 2000. He coached the SuperSonics and the Trail Blazers in prior jobs and also played with the Sonics from 1986 to 1998. He has been with the Pacers since 2013 but was an assistant coach until 2016.
How Much Are The Pacers Worth?
Despite Indiana being a big basketball state with a rich history, they rank 22nd in team valuation. They were valued at $1.5 billion in 2020 and had 13% growth. With a playoff team expected, they should move up.
Who Owns The Pacers?
Herb Simon is the owner of the Indiana Pacers and plans to be the owner for a long time despite plenty of offers. The Pacers are not a rich franchise, nor do they play in one of the larger markets, but that hasn't kept them from being competitive.
Where Do The Pacers Play?
The Pacers play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which opened up back in 1999 as Market Square Arena was the original Pacers arena. It is located in downtown Indianapolis, and it can hold 17,923 people at basketball capacity.
The Pacers have a salary cap of $114,591,944. With a young and inexpensive team, they have spread out paying a lot of their talent. They have also made sure not to have a lot of dead cap, which sits at $2,245,400.
Who Did The Pacers Most Recently Sign?
The Pacers most recently signed Malcolm Brogdon, who was a restricted free agent in Milwaukee before coming over. Brogdon was a sleeper in the draft and has turned into one of the top young point guards in the NBA.
Who Is The Highest Paid Pacers Player?
Victor Oladipo is the highest-paid Pacers player, as he has a salary hit of $21,000,000 and that takes up 18% of the cap. This is still not a bad price tag for Oladipo, who is deserving of a higher salary.
Indianans Love Their Basketball – Especially Their Pacers
Indianans love a lot of different sports. However, anyone who knows much about the Hoosier State appreciates that basketball is Indiana's first love. Indiana holds basketball so dear; one of the most popular sports movies ever made is about a small Indiana high school basketball team. Indiana is taking on sports betting with a similar passion and it's been fun to watch.
Indianans love basketball at all levels, but especially their NBA team, the Pacers. Indiana sports betting now allows Hoosiers a way to bet on their Indiana professional basketball team. Let's talk about the Pacers history, and some of their winningest teams.
Indiana Pacers History
The Indiana Pacers are one of the original members of the old American Basketball Association. From the outset of the league's formation, the goal was to merge teams into the NBA. By the time the dust had settled from years of lawsuits and failed merger proposals, four ABA teams remained.
Indiana was one of the four to merge in 1976. During their time in the ABA, the Pacers were by far one of the most successful franchises. The Pacers won three ABA titles, plus six conference championships.
However, the Pacers' shift to the NBA was not nearly as successful. During the first 10 seasons in the NBA, Indiana managed one winning season and a single playoff appearance. They managed one more winning season over the next seven.
While Indiana did manage five playoff appearances during this stretch, they lost in the first round each time. The Pacers would start to be a consistent playoff-contending team. However, five times Indiana would make the Eastern Conference Finals, only to fall short.
Their single appearance in the NBA Finals saw them overmatched by a powerful LA Lakers team. Currently, the Pacers are on a five-season stretch of winning season. Aspirations are high, but they have exited the playoffs each year with disappointing losses.
Indiana Pacers Winningest Seasons
Pacer fans will now be able to bet individual games or wager on futures odds for total wins during a season through sportsbooks such as William Hill Indiana. Despite years of failing to post a winning record in their early NBA history, the Pacers have outstanding seasons.
Three times during the Pacers' ABA dominance, Indiana won over 50 games. These included 59 and 58 wins back-to-back, beginning with the 1969-70 campaign. It would be 20-years before the Pacers would hit the 50-win mark in the NBA.
The Pacers set a new mark for wins during the 1993-94 season at 47. Indiana would finally surpass 50 wins three times during the next three years but experienced two more disappointing losses in the conference finals.
The 58-win 1997-98 season wasn't even enough to win a BetMGM Indiana wager on the Pacers finishing atop the Central Division. Likewise, a Chicago Bulls team in the middle of the Michael Jordan dynasty would end the Pacers' season in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Two years later, Indiana would win 56 games and finally take the Central Division. The Pacers would also make their single appearance in the NBA Finals, losing to the Lakers in six games. Three straight pedestrian seasons would result in first-round playoff exits.
In 2003-04, Indiana would set the current benchmark for winningest seasons. This Pacers team would win surpass 60 wins for the first and only time in franchise history. An Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Detroit Pistons ended the Pacers' winningest season.
Using the PointsBet Indiana high-risk/high-reward format for total wins, Pacers' fans would have only one 50+ season across the last 15 years. The 56-win Central Division title in 2013-14 would result in the second consecutive finals defeat to the Miami Heat and LeBron James.
Indiana has managed to piece together a stretch run of winning seasons and playoff appearances. Only once did the edge close to making it out of the first round, losing in seven to the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beginning with the 2010-11 season, Indiana has posted only two years with a losing record. The Pacers missed the playoffs only once during this stretch. However, for all their success in the old ABA, Indiana Pacers fans are still waiting to hang that first NBA banner from the rafters.