2017-18 Indiana Pacers Season
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2017%E2%80%9318 Indiana Pacers Season
2017-18 Indiana Pacers season
Head coachNate McMillan
General managerChad Buchanan
PresidentKevin Pritchard
OwnersHerbert Simon
ArenaBankers Life Fieldhouse
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Cavaliers 3-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Indiana
Radio1070 The Fan

The 2017-18 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 51st season as a franchise and 42nd season in the NBA. For the first time since 2010, Paul George was not on the team's roster as he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous off-season. Despite that, the Pacers improved on their previous year's record and clinched a playoff berth for the third straight season. Their season featured the emergence of Victor Oladipo, who the Pacers received as part of the trade for George.

The Pacers finished the regular season with a record of 48-34, which clinched the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Pacers faced the 4th seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, who had previously swept the Pacers in the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. The Pacers were once again defeated in the first round, losing to the Cavaliers in seven games.

NBA draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 18 T. J. Leaf PF  Israel UCLA
2 47 Ike Anigbogu C  United States UCLA
2 52 Edmond Sumner PG  United States Xavier

T. J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu were both considered first round picks of the draft that were also teammates in their sole seasons at UCLA. Leaf was their starting power forward and that led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game, while also averaging 8.2 rebounds 2.4 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game as a starting. Leaf was also named a member of the All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Pac-12 Freshman Team.[1] Anigbogu was a backup center for UCLA and averaged 4.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 13 minutes of action per game, he was projected as a potential first round pick for his athleticism and defensive capabilities;[2] He dropped to the later half of the second round possibly due to a knee injury he sustained during a Pacers pre-draft workout.[3] The Pacers selected Edmond Sumner as their final pick of the draft, a point guard who was also rehabilitating himself from a knee injury during the NBA draft process.[3] In his junior season, Sumner was then the second leading scorer for Xavier but failed to complete the season after suffering a serious knee injury on a January 29, 2017 in a win against St. John's University.[4] He averaged 14.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game with the Musketeers in his final year. Edmond became the first ever Pacer in franchise history to sign a two-way contract.[5]

Roster

Standings

Division

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y - Cleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 0.0 29-12 21-20 11-5 82
x - Indiana Pacers 48 34 .585 2.0 27-14 21-20 10-6 82
x - Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 6.0 25-16 19-22 6-10 82
Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 11.0 25-16 14-27 9-7 82
Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 23.0 17-24 10-31 4-12 82


Conference

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c - Toronto Raptors * 59 23 .720 - 82
2 x - Boston Celtics 55 27 .671 4.0 82
3 x - Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 7.0 82
4 y - Cleveland Cavaliers * 50 32 .610 9.0 82
5 x - Indiana Pacers 48 34 .585 11.0 82
6 y - Miami Heat * 44 38 .537 15.0 82
7 x - Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15.0 82
8 x - Washington Wizards 43 39 .524 16.0 82
9 Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 20.0 82
10 Charlotte Hornets 36 46 .439 23.0 82
11 New York Knicks 29 53 .354 30.0 82
12 Brooklyn Nets 28 54 .341 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 32.0 82
14 Orlando Magic 25 57 .305 34.0 82
15 Atlanta Hawks 24 58 .293 35.0 82

Game log

Preseason

Regular season

Playoffs

Transactions

Trades

Free agents

Re-signed

Player Signed

Additions

Subtractions

References

  1. ^ "Lonzo Ball, TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford named first-team All-Pac-12". insidesocal.com. March 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Wasserman, Jonathan. "Ranking the Best Rim Protectors Likely to Declare for 2017 NBA Draft". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Second-Round Picks Will Need Time to Heal". NBA.com. June 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Xavier might have lost starting point guard Edmond Sumner for the season". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Edmond Sumner and Two-Way Contracts Explained - Blue HQ Media". bluehqmedia.com. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Pacers Acquire Oladipo and Sabonis". NBA.com. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Raptors Complete Trade With Indiana". NBA.com. July 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Pacers Sign Collison". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Pacers Sign Bojan Bogdanovic". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Pacers Sign Alex Poythress". nba.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Pacers Sign DeQuan Jones and Trey McKinney-Jones". NBA.com. September 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Pacers Waive Ellis". NBA.com. July 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Pacers Waive Rakeem Christmas". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Kevin Seraphin: Waived by Pacers". cbssports.com. July 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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