The Pacers were established in 1967 as a member of the ABA, named after Indiana’s history with the Indianapolis 500’s pace cars.
They became a member of the NBA in 1976. Initially the Pacers struggled to adapt to the NBA and a lack of continuity became the norm for most of the next decade. In 1987 the team would draft Reggie Miller, a Hall of Famer who would play all 18 seasons with the organisation.
The Pacers have won three championships, all in the ABA, and they haven’t been Eastern Conference champions since 2000.
In this new series, Sean Guest revisits key events from NBA history, evaluating their impact on the players and teams involved, as well as the league and the sport more broadly