Top 5 Point Guards in Indiana Pacers Franchise’s History

Top 5 Point Guards in Indiana Pacers Franchise’s History


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5. George Hill

The Indiana Pacers acquired guard George Hill from the San Antonio Spurs in a draft night deal in June 2011 in exchange for 15th overall pick Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State, 42nd overall pick Davis Bertans of Latvia and the rights to Slovenian forward Erazem Lorbek, who had been taken 46th overall in 2005. Hill returned to his hometown of Indianapolis, where he played at Broad Ripple High School and IUPUI and has been the starting point guard for much of that time. In five seasons with the Indiana Pacers, George Hill has averaged 12.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and a steal per contest in just over 30 minutes per game. He put up career-highs of 16.1 points and 5.1 assists per game in 2014-15, and his team had one hell of a season the next year. He doesn’t seem to get much credit from fans around the league, but George Hill was a reliable player for the Indiana Pacers and well deserving of this spot in the top 5.

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4. Jamaal Tinsley

Jamaal Tinsley spent seven rather successful seasons in Indiana with the Pacers. Though he was never a superstar guard or anything of that nature, Jamaal Tinsely certainly held his own on both ends of the floor which was all he was asked to do with those stacked Pacer squads. During his time in Indiana, Tinsely averaged 10.4 PPG, 7.0 APG and 3.4 RPG. He had three seasons of at least 11 PPG as well. He almost always played his part and always knew Jermaine O’Neal was the star of the team, and he never really got in his way. Not so bad for a role player, in fact, I would argue that’s exactly what a role player is supposed to do. While George Hill is close to taking this spot in the next couple seasons, for now – Jamaal Tinsley is the best Indiana Pacers point guard of the 21st century and number four on this list.

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3. Don Buse

Don Buse was the Pacers’ first starting point guard in their NBA history. Buse showed how good of a point guard he was in the Pacers’ NBA rookie season of 1976-77, averaging eight points, 8.5 assists and 3.5 steals in 81 games he played in. Those two latter stats (assists and steals) were the best he ever produced in his NBA career, eventually helping him make the 1977 All-Star Game. Buse returned to the Pacers in 1980 at a time when Indiana was off to its best start in its young history at 12-10. That year’s general manager, Dick Vertlieb, nicely summed up Buse’s game saying “He is disciplined, intelligent and defensive-minded. Buse has the ability to get the ball up the court and into our offense quite well.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. Don Buse is the third best PG in Pacers history.


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