ROGER BROWN #35
FORWARD • 6-5 • 205 LBS • DAYTON ‘67
“Rajah” spent eight seasons in an Indiana Pacers uniform...a first team
all-ABA selection in 1971, he was named to the second team in 1968 and
1970...THE original Pacers’ player, he was the first player to sign with the
fledgling ABA franchise...he is the Pacers’ fourth all-time leading scorer
with 10,058 points in 559 games...he has the club ABA record for FG
accuracy in a single game as he hit all 14 of his shots vs. Denver, 1/25/69...
his 3,495 minutes logged in 1969-70 are the most ever by a Pacers player
in an ABA season...he had a career-high 53 points vs. the Los Angeles
Stars, 5/19/70, the third highest single-game total in Pacers ABA history...
his jersey number was retired on 11/2/85. In September 2013, he was
inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
MEL DANIELS #34
CENTER • 6-9 • 220 LBS • NEW MEXICO ‘67
Mel was twice named the ABA’s MVP (1969 and 1971)...he played six seasons
with the Pacers, averaging 19.4 points and 16.0 rebounds per game...a fourtime
all-ABA selection, he was named to the first team in 1969, 1970 and
1971, and was a second-team pick in 1973...he was also named the ABA All-
Star Game MVP in 1971...he was the ABA’s first Rookie of the Year (1968)...he
is the Pacers’ all-time leading rebounder in the ABA (7,643) and he holds
the Pacers’ ABA record for rebounds in a single season (1,475 in 1970-71)...
on 3/18/69 vs. the New York Nets, he had 37 points and 26 rebounds in the
second half, both club and ABA records; ending the game with 56 points
and 31 rebounds...in that game he also set the Pacers’ ABA records for
most 2-pt field goals in a quarter (10), half (16), and game (25)...his jersey
number was retired on 11/2/85. In September 2012, he was inducted into
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
GEORGE McGINNIS #30
FORWARD • 6-8 • 235 LBS • INDIANA ‘73
George played seven seasons with Indiana from 1971-75 and 1979-82...
along with Julius Erving, he was named co-MVP of the ABA in 1975...
he was a two-time first-team all-ABA selection in 1974 and 1975, and
a second-team pick in 1973...he is the fifth leading scorer in Pacers’
history and holds the highest career scoring average (19.6)...he holds
the Pacers’ single-game records in an ABA game for most points (58
vs. Dallas Chapparals, 11/28/72) and for most rebounds (37 vs. Carolina
Cougars, 1/12/74)...he holds the Pacers’ record for most points (2,353)
in an ABA season in 1974-75...he holds the Pacers’ ABA records for free
throw attempts in a game (22 vs. Pittsburgh, 11/9/71) and season (778
in 1972-73), as well as most field goals in a season (873 in 1974-75)...
his jersey number was retired on 11/2/85. In September 2017, he was
inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
REGGIE MILLER #31
GUARD • 6-7 • 195 LBS • UCLA ‘87
After 18 NBA seasons, all with the Indiana Pacers, Reggie concluded his
playing career after the 2005 NBA Playoffs…on 3/30/06, his No. 31 joined an
elite group of former Pacers by having his jersey retired…he was a five-time
NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, the all-time leader in 3-point FGM
and 12th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list…he is the Pacers’ all-time leader
in 13 categories…before he arrived in Indiana in 1987 as the Pacers’ firstround
draft pick (11th overall), the team had been to the NBA Playoffs twice
in 12 seasons, never making it past the first round…in his 18 seasons, the
Pacers made the playoffs 15 times with six trips to the Eastern Conference
Finals and one trip to the NBA Finals…off the court, he left a legacy as well…
he was a winner of the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Award
and was named USA Weekend’s Most Caring Athlete. In September 2012, he
was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
BOBBY “SLICK” LEONARD #529
HEAD COACH • 1968-1980 • 529 WINS • 456 LOSSES
Slick is the Pacers’ winningest coach in franchise history…he compiled a won/
loss record of 529-456 for a winning percentage of .537…he began his coaching
career with the Pacers as an assistant coach during the 1967-68 season,
the inaugural ABA season…he took over as head coach nine games into the
team’s second season, 1968-69…he coached the team to an unprecedented
three ABA titles and to the league finals five times…he compiled an all-time
ABA record of 387-270, and is the ABA’s all-time winningest coach…in 1976,
he added general manager duties to his coaching duties, as the franchise
entered the NBA...he led the team for its first four seasons in the NBA…his 142
wins in the NBA are third on the Pacers’ NBA career wins list, behind Larry
Brown’s 190 victories and Larry Bird’s 147 victories...the banner honoring his
coaching record was raised on 3/15/96. In August 2014, he was inducted into
the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
OWNER • 1983-2009
In the fall of 2009, the Indiana Pacers retired a jersey to honor Melvin
Simon, the team’s late co-owner, who passed away Sept. 16, 2009. Along
with his brother, Herb, the Simons bought the Pacers in 1983. But Melvin
Simon’s reach extended way beyond the Pacers. He was not only a leader
in the business community but a visionary for his adopted hometown
and one of Indiana’s philanthropic giants. Pacers President of Basketball,
Larry Bird, said, “He is a true legend to this city, not only for the visible
things that everyone sees each day, but because he was a man who
cared about people. He is one of this country’s greatest success stories,
a man who is a true example of the American Dream. As an owner of the
Pacers, he was a joy to work for and to work with. But he wasn’t only an
owner, he was the biggest and best Pacers fan.”
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