Every NBA team’s Mount Rushmore

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Indiana Pacers

Reggie Miller was one of the greatest shooters and clutch scorers in NBA history. The face of the Pacers for nearly two decades, Miller helped lead the organization to their only NBA Finals appearance, and delivered signature playoffs moments like his eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks in 1995. Miller is still the franchise’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, including points, games, minutes, 3-pointers, steals and assists.

Rik Smits was the interior complement to Miller’s outside brilliance. The 7-foot-4 center played his entire 12-year career in Indiana, dominating around the basket with his soft touch and feathery turnaround jumper. Smits finished his career having averaged 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, shooting 50.7 percent from the field.

Dale Davis was the brawn that wrapped around the skills of Smits and Miller. Davis played his first nine seasons in Indiana (and part of another season later in his career) averaging 9.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping but his defense and physicality was a huge part of one of the Pacers most successful eras of NBA basketball, setting screens to free Miller and reducing the wear and tear on Smits.

Jeff Foster averaged an unremarkable 4.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game over the course of his 13-year career with the Pacers. However, he was a fan favorite and a fixture in the team’s rotation, bridging the gap from the iterations of the team built around Reggie Miller to those built around Danny Granger. Only Vern Fleming, Smits and Miller have played more games in a Pacers’ uniform.