The Indiana Pacers haven’t exactly been the definition of success throughout NBA history, even though they were a driving force in the ABA, where they won 3 Championships prior to the merger.
Either because of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls or LeBron James’ Miami Heat, every time the Pacers are thriving, they’re unable to get past the strongest team in the Eastern Conference.
But, how would they fare if they’ve kept the best players they’ve drafted throughout the last decade? Would they have won a Championship already? let’s take a look at the superteam they could’ve had right now:
Point Guard: Lance Stephenson
Well, Lance Stephenson isn’t your average point guard, but he’s a solid passer and would have a huge size advantage over most of his opposition, something he’s always known how to explode in the post.
Stephenson was a great defender when locked in and he did a little bit of everything during his first stint with the Pacers – the best of his career – when he was Drafted with the 40th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Shooting Guard: Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert was on the break of a breakout season last year before suffering a gruesome injury, but he showcased his talent and it’s clear that he can score lights up any given night at the NBA level.
LeVert has already outplayed his Draft stock, as he was taken with the 20th overall pick by the Pacers in 2016, but they traded him to the Brooklyn Nets with a future 2nd round pick in return for Thadd Young, who’s not even in the team anymore.
Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard
Every time a Pacers fan remembers they actually drafted Kawhi Leonard, they must feel terrible. But hey, no one, not even Gregg Popovich, thought he’d become the best two-way player in the world and a multiple-time Finals MVP.
The Pacers took Kawhi with the 15th overall pick of the 2011 Draft and immediately traded him to the San Antonio Spurs on a blockbuster deal that got them George Hill, which seemed like the right move at the time.
Power Forward: Paul George
Paul George came to rescue the Indiana Pacers when Danny Granger fell with an injury, and he quickly became a fan favorite as his performances in both ends of the floor made everybody know he was going to be a superstar.
The Pacers took George with the 10th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, but his frustration made him force his way out of the team, so they traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, which is pretty fair, to be honest.
Center: Myles Turner
Myles Turner is one of the best two-way big men in the league, but he’s yet to step up the way everybody expected him, as he tends to lose his focus when playing against top-tier opposition.
Still, he’s a great rim protector and has a complete offensive skill set as well, so the Pacers must feel quite right by stealing him with the 11th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.