1968–69 Indiana Pacers season

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1968–69 Indiana Pacers season
Division Champions
Head coach Larry Staverman and
Bobby Leonard
Arena Indiana State Fair Coliseum
Results
Record 44–34 (.564)
Place Division: 1st
Conference: 1st
Playoff finish Lost to Oakland Oaks in ABA Finals (1-4)
< 1967–68 1969–70 >

The 1968-69 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 2nd season in the ABA and 2nd as a team.

1968 ABA Draft[edit]

Player School/Club Team
Don Dee St. Mary of the Plains
Mike Lewis Duke
Don May Dayton
Bob Quick Xavier
Phil Wagner Georgia Tech
Dave Benedict Central Washington
Rudy Bogad St. John's
Jerry Newsom Indiana State
Rich Niemann St. Louis
Jack Thompson South Carolina
Greg Cisson Rider
Bob Hooper Dayton
Butch Joyner Indiana
Tom Niemier Evansville[1]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Weight Birth date Experience (years) College
35 Roger Brown SF 6-5 205 May 22, 1942 1 University of Dayton
20 Stephen Chubin SG 6-2 200 February 8, 1944 1 University of Rhode Island
34 Mel Daniels C 6-9 220 July 20, 1944 1 University of New Mexico
40 Donald Dee PF 6-8 210 August 9, 1943 R Saint Mary of the Plains College
30 John Fairchild SF 6-8 205 April 28, 1943 2 Brigham Young University
15 Jerry Harkness PG 6-2 175 May 7, 1940 2 Loyola University of Chicago
12-20 Bobby Hooper PG 6-0 180 December 22, 1946 R University of Dayton
Butch Joyner F 6-5 200 April 26, 1945 R Indiana University
14 Freddie Lewis SG 6-0 175 July 1, 1943 2 Arizona State University
42 Mike Lewis C 6-8 225 March 18, 1946 R Duke University
32 Jay Miller SF 6-5 205 July 19, 1943 1 University of Notre Dame
24 Bob Netolicky PF 6-9 220 August 2, 1942 1 Drake University
43 George Peeples C 6-7 190 October 30, 1943 1 University of Iowa
44 Ron Perry SG 6-3 190 December 29, 1943 1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
23 Jimmy Rayl PG 6-2 175 June 21, 1941 1 Indiana University
11 Tom Thacker PG 6-2 170 November 2, 1939 4 University of Cincinnati
12 Jack Thompson G 6-1 185 March 26, 1946 R University of South Carolina
11 Phillip Wagner G 6-2 190 December 18, 1945 R Georgia Institute of Technology[2]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Team Wins Loses Pct.
Indiana Pacers 44 34 .564
Miami Floridians 43 35 .551
Kentucky Colonels 42 36 .538
Minnesota Pipers 36 42 .462
New York Nets 17 61 .218

Western Division[edit]

Team Wins Loses Pct.
Oakland Oaks 60 18 .769
New Orleans Buccaneers 46 32 .590
Denver Rockets 44 34 .564
Dallas Chaparrals 41 37 .526
Los Angeles Stars 33 45 .423
Houston Mavericks 23 55 .295

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

ABA All-Stars[edit]

  • Bob Netolicky
  • Mel Daniels

Team leaders[edit]

Stat Player Average per game
Points Mel Daniels 24.0
Rebounds Mel Daniels 16.5 (11.5 defensive and 5.0 offensive rebounds)
Assists Stephen Chubin 5.2
Minutes Freddie Lewis 39.2
FG% Bob Netolicky .509

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Division Semifinals vs. Kentucky Colonels[3]

Game Date Location Score Record Attendance
1 April 8 Indiana 118–128 0–1 6,319
2 April 9 Indiana 120–115 1–1 6,789
3 April 10 Kentucky 111–130 1–2 4,235
4 April 13 Kentucky 104–105 (OT) 1–3 3,079
5 April 14 Indiana 116–97 2–3 5,612
6 April 15 Kentucky 107–89 3–3 4,633
7 April 17 Indiana 120–111 4–3 11,005

Pacers win series, 4–3

Eastern Division Finals vs Miami Floridians

Game Date Location Result Record Attendance
1 April 20 Indiana 126–110 1–0 8,721
2 April 22 Indiana 131–116 2–0 7,243
3 April 23 Miami 119–105 3–0 2,112
4 April 25 Miami 110–114 3–1 2,846
5 April 26 Indiana 127–105 4–1 3,528

Pacers win series, 4–1

ABA Finals vs. Oakland Oaks[3]

Game Date Location Score Record Attendance
1 April 30 Oakland 114–123 0–1 3,290
2 May 2 Oakland 150–122 1–1 4,171
3 May 3 Indiana 126–134 (OT) 1–2 8,467
4 May 5 Indiana 117–144 1–3 7,133
5 May 7 Oakland 131–135 (OT) 1–4 6,340

Pacers lose series 4–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1968 ABA Draft on dataBasketball.com Archived 2014-05-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ 1968-69 Indiana Pacers Roster and Stats
  3. ^ a b "1968-69 ABA Regular Season Standings". Remembertheaba.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2016-07-03.