2005–06 Indiana Pacers season

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2005–06 Indiana Pacers season
Head coach Rick Carlisle
General manager Larry Bird
Arena Conseco Fieldhouse
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 6th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Midwest, WTTV
Radio WIBC
< 2004–05 2006–07 >

The 2005–06 Indiana Pacers season was the 30th season completed by the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1]

Draft Selections[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 17 Danny Granger F  United States New Mexico
2 46 Erazem Lorbek F  Slovenia Climamio Bologna (Italy)

Season summary[edit]

In Summer 2005, the Pacers introduced new, completely re-designed jerseys to replace the pinstripe jerseys that they had worn since 1997. However, the pinstripe jerseys continued to be worn through the pre-season, while the new jerseys debuted at the regular season opener, a win against the Orlando Magic on November 2.

The Pacers made a major move for the 2005–06 season by signing Šarūnas Jasikevičius, the floor leader of two-time defending Euroleague champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The first game of the 2005–06 season was Ron Artest's first game back with his team after his suspension the previous year for his role in the November 19, 2004, brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans.

In 2005, the Pacers got off to an average start. On December 10, 2005, Ron Artest told a reporter for the Indianapolis Star that he wanted to be traded, saying "the team would be better off without me". Various Pacers, including Jermaine O'Neal, soon denounced him, as O'Neal did not want to talk about it. On December 12, the Pacers placed Artest on their inactive list and began seeking a trade for the troubled star. On December 16, the NBA fined Ron Artest $10,000 for publicly demanding a trade, which is similar to "degrading the league".

After that, the team had gone on a 9-12 tailspin and was 22-22, a far cry from the beginning where people mentioned that the Pacers would be one of the NBA's elite. On January 24, 2006, it was said that Artest would be traded to the Sacramento Kings for Predrag Stojaković, when the trade was declined suddenly without any explanation. The following day, however, the trade was accepted, and Indiana finally cut ties with the troubled All-Star. On February 1, 2006, they managed to beat the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers, keeping the high-scorer below his average. Jermaine O'Neal was also sidelined with a torn left groin and missed two months. The Pacers finished the season 41-41.

Despite the Artest saga and many key injuries the Pacers made the playoffs for the 14th time in 15 years. They also were the only road team to win Game 1 of a first-round playoff series. However New Jersey won game 2 to tie the series at 1-1 heading back to Indiana. In game 3 Jermaine O'Neal scored 37 points as the Pacers regained a 2-1 series lead. The Nets, however, won games four and five to take a 3-2 series lead. In Game 6 Anthony Johnson scored 40 points but the Pacers' season came to an end as the Nets won 96-90. The 2005–06 season was the last time the Indiana Pacers qualified for the NBA playoffs until the 2010–11 NBA season.

On March 30, during a game against the Phoenix Suns, the Pacers organization honored Reggie Miller by retiring his #31 jersey, and presenting him with a Bentley Continental GT. Miller had spent his entire 18-year career with the Pacers and had retired following the 2004–05 season.

Regular season[edit]


Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons-z (1) 64 18 .780 -
Cleveland Cavaliers-x (4) 50 32 .610 14
Indiana Pacers-x (6) 41 41 .500 23
Chicago Bulls-x (7) 41 41 .500 23
Milwaukee Bucks-x (8) 40 42 .488 24

Game log[edit]


East First Round[edit]

(3) New Jersey Nets vs. (6) Indiana Pacers

April 23
12:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 90, New Jersey Nets 88
Scoring by quarter: 30–24, 20–22, 14–19, 26–23
Pts: Stephen Jackson 19
Rebs: Jeff Foster 9
Asts: Anthony Johnson 6
Pts: Vince Carter 31
Rebs: Vince Carter 13
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 18,752
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Scott Wall, Tom Washington
April 25
7:30 pm
Indiana Pacers 75, New Jersey Nets 90
Scoring by quarter: 22–26, 14–18, 17–29, 22–17
Pts: Anthony Johnson 16
Rebs: Jeff Foster 9
Asts: Johnson, Jones 4 each
Pts: Vince Carter 33
Rebs: Jason Kidd 11
Asts: Jason Kidd 13
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 18,472
Referees: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Violet Palmer
April 27
7:30 pm
New Jersey Nets 95, Indiana Pacers 107
Scoring by quarter: 27–22, 28–29, 15–27, 25–29
Pts: Carter, Jefferson 25 each
Rebs: Collins, Kidd 6 each
Asts: Richard Jefferson 7
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 37
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 15
Asts: Anthony Johnson 8
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 14,706
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Jess Kersey
April 29
3:00 pm
New Jersey Nets 97, Indiana Pacers 88
Scoring by quarter: 24–15, 26–22, 26–30, 21–31
Pts: Vince Carter 28
Rebs: Nenad Krstić 8
Asts: Jason Kidd 8
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Danny Granger 8
Asts: Croshere, Jasikevičius, Johnson 4 each
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 16,401
Referees: Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer, Mark Wunderlich
May 2
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 86, New Jersey Nets 92
Scoring by quarter: 25–28, 21–21, 19–23, 21–20
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 19
Rebs: Danny Granger 12
Asts: Stephen Jackson 7
Pts: Vince Carter 34
Rebs: Vince Carter 15
Asts: Jason Kidd 15
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 18,804
Referees: Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen, Eddie F. Rush
May 4
7:30 pm
New Jersey Nets 96, Indiana Pacers 90
Scoring by quarter: 21–26, 20–15, 32–28, 23–21
Pts: Richard Jefferson 30
Rebs: Jason Kidd 12
Asts: Jason Kidd 11
Pts: Anthony Johnson 40
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 6
Asts: Anthony Johnson 5
New Jersey wins series, 4–2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 16,586
Referees: Jimmy Clark, Ron Garretson, Jack Nies
Regular-season series

Indiana won 2–1 in the regular-season series:

November 11, 2005
New Jersey Nets 90, Indiana Pacers 102
January 16, 2006
Indiana Pacers 92, New Jersey Nets 97
February 26, 2006
Indiana Pacers 101, New Jersey Nets 91

Last Playoffs meeting: 2002 Eastern Conference First Round (New Jersey won 3–2)

Player statistics[edit]



2005–06 Indiana Pacers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DoB. From
F 24 United States Bender, Jonathan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1981–01–30 Picayune Memorial HS (MS)
F 44 United States Croshere, Austin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1975–05–01 Providence
F/C 10 United States Foster, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 1977–01–16 Texas State
G 4 United States Gill, Eddie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978–08–16 Weber State
SF 33 United States Granger, Danny 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) New Mexico
C 13 United States Harrison, David 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1982–08–15 Colorado
F 1 United States Jackson, Stephen 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1974–04–05 Butler CC
SG 3 Lithuania Jasikevičius, Šarūnas 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Maryland
G 8 United States Johnson, Anthony 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1974–10–02 College of Charleston
G/F 20 United States Jones, Fred 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1979–03–11 Oregon
F/C 7 United States O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1978–10–13 Eau Claire HS (SC)
C 62 United States Pollard, Scot 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1975–02–12 Iowa State
SF 16 Serbia Stojaković, Peja 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1977–06–09 Serbia
PF 52 United States Walker, Samaki 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1976–02–25 Louisville
G 11 United States Tinsley, Jamaal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1978–02–28 Iowa State
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: 2012–10–10


Awards and records[edit]

Roster changes[edit]


Player Acquired Former team Position
Danny Granger Draft selection rookie SF
Šarūnas Jasikevičius Signed as free agent Maccabi Tel Aviv PG
Predrag Stojaković Trade Sacramento Kings SF
Samaki Walker Signed as free agent Washington Wizards PF


Player Departed New team Position
Ron Artest Trade Sacramento Kings SF
Michael Curry Retired none SG
Dale Davis Signed as free agent Detroit Pistons C
John Edwards Signed as free agent Atlanta Hawks C
Tremaine Fowlkes Contract expired none SF
Marcus Haislip Contract expired none PF
Britton Johnsen Contract expired none SF
James Jones Trade Phoenix Suns SF
Reggie Miller Retired none SG