2006–07 Indiana Pacers season

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2006–07 Indiana Pacers season
Head coach Rick Carlisle
General manager Larry Bird
Arena Conseco Fieldhouse
Results
Record 35–47 (.427)
Place Division: 4th (Central)
Conference: 10th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ
Local media
Television FSN Indiana
Radio WIBC
< 2005–06 2007–08 >

The 2006-07 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 31st season in the NBA and 40th season as a franchise. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 41-41 output from the previous season. However, they came six wins shy of tying it, finishing 35-47.[1] The Pacers would miss the playoffs for the first time since 1996-97.

Draft Selections[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 17 Shawne Williams F  United States Memphis
2 45 Alexander Johnson F  United States Florida St.

Season Summary[edit]

During the Summer of 2006, the Pacers lost Peja Stojakovic, whom they had just acquired in a trade from the Sacramento Kings during the previous season, in free agency to the New Orleans Hornets. Because of this, they were granted a trade exception by the NBA, which they used to re-acquire former Pacer Al Harrington from the Atlanta Hawks. They also pulled off two separate trades with the Dallas Mavericks, giving up established veterans Anthony Johnson and Austin Croshere for unexplained reasons. These two trades were disappointing to Pacers fans, who were confused by the trades and saw them as one-sided in the favor of the Mavericks. In June 2006, once-promising talent Jonathan Bender announced that he was retiring from the NBA at the age of 25, due to his struggles with knee injuries. The Pacers had traded All-Star big man Antonio Davis to acquire Bender in 1999 when he was an 18-year-old rookie with great potential, but his constant injuries had prevented him from ever developing.

When the regular season finally started, the Pacers had a significantly different roster than they did at the end of the previous season. The Pacers hovered around the .500 mark for most of the season, and were a borderline playoff team. In January 2007, the Pacers pulled off another major trade, this time with the Golden State Warriors, giving up troubled swingman Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, and other pieces for versatile big man Troy Murphy and unproven swingman Mike Dunleavy as well as some other pieces. This trade was perceived as the only way for the Pacers to finally part ways with Jackson, who had lost the respect of Pacers fans due to his involvement in "The Brawl" and in a shooting at an Indianapolis nightclub. After the trade, the Pacers fell downward in the standings, marked by an 11-game losing streak which stretched from late February to mid-March, and eventually were eliminated from qualification for the 2007 NBA Playoffs. This would be the first time the Pacers missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season, and the first of a streak of four seasons of missing the playoffs. Ironically, the perennial basement-dweller Warriors wound up making the playoffs for the first time since the 1993-94 season, and even advanced to the second round by upsetting the first-seeded Mavericks 4-2 in the first round. This left the dwindling community of Pacers fans with a sour taste in their mouths as they wondered how far the team might have gone if the trade in January had not occurred. Thus, coach Rick Carlisle was fired at the conclusion of the Pacers' season in April, and it was announced in May that Jim O'Brien, former head coach of the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, would replace him as the Pacers' head coach for the next season.

Regular season[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

2006-07 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOK NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–4 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–3
Boston 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–3
Charlotte 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–2
Chicago 4–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1
Detroit 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–2
Golden State 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 2–0
Indiana 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3
L.A. Clippers 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Memphis 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1
Miami 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1
Milwaukee 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–3
Minnesota 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–1
New Jersey 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 4–0
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–1
New York 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–2
Orlando 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–0 2–2
Philadelphia 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–3
Phoenix 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–1
Portland 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 2–2 0–2
Toronto 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Utah 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1
Washington 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1

Roster[edit]

Indiana Pacers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 24 United States Armstrong, Darrell 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fayetteville State
PF 9 United States Baston, Maceo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Michigan
SG 6 United States Daniels, Marquis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Auburn
F 1 United States Diogu, Ike 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Arizona State
SF 17 United States Dunleavy, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Duke
F/C 10 United States Foster, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Texas State
SF 33 United States Granger, Danny 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) New Mexico
SG 5 United States Greene, Orien 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Louisiana–Lafayette
F 32 United States Harrington, Al (to GSW) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) St. Patrick HS (NJ)
C 13 United States Harrison, David 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Colorado
F 1 United States Jackson, Stephen (to GSW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Butler CC
SG 3 Lithuania Jasikevičius, Šarūnas (to GSW) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Maryland
SF 2 Guyana Marshall, Rawle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oakland
PG 20 United States McLeod, Keith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Bowling Green St.
PF 314 United States Murphy, Troy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Notre Dame
F/C 7 United States O'Neal, Jermaine (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Eau Claire HS (SC)
F/C 22 United States Powell, Josh (to GSW) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina State
PG 11 United States Tinsley, Jamaal Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Iowa State
F 4 United States Williams, Shawne 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Memphis
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2008-03-01

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Reserve Inactive
C Al Harrington Jeff Foster David Harrison
PF Jermaine O'Neal Maceo Baston Josh Powell
SF Danny Granger Rawle Marshall Shawne Williams
SG Stephen Jackson Marquis Daniels Orien Greene
PG Jamaal Tinsley Darrell Armstrong Šarūnas Jasikevičius

Standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L Home Road PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons* 53 29 26–15 27–14 .646 -
Cleveland Cavaliers* 50 32 30–11 20–21 .605 3
Chicago Bulls* 49 33 31–10 18–23 .598 4
Indiana Pacers 35 47 22–19 13–28 .427 18
Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 18–23 10–31 .341 25

*Qualified for playoffs

Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Season[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

January 16, 2007 To Indiana Pacers
Troy Murphy
To Golden State Warriors
Josh Powell
January 16, 2007 To Indiana Pacers
Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Keith McLeod, Ike Diogu and a second round draft pick
To Golden State Warriors
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington

Roster changes[edit]

Additions[edit]

Player Acquired Former team Position
Darrell Armstrong Trade Dallas Mavericks PG
Maceo Baston Signed as free agent Maccabi Tel Aviv PF
Marquis Daniels Trade Dallas Mavericks SG
Ike Diogu Trade Golden State Warriors PF
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. Trade Golden State Warriors SF
Orien Greene Signed as free agent Boston Celtics PG
Al Harrington Trade Atlanta Hawks PF
Rawle Marshall Trade Dallas Mavericks SG
Keith McLeod Trade Golden State Warriors PG
Troy Murphy Trade Golden State Warriors PF
Josh Powell Trade Dallas Mavericks PF
Shawne Williams Draft selection rookie SF

Subtractions[edit]

Player Departed New team Position
Jonathan Bender Retired none PF
Austin Croshere Trade Dallas Mavericks PF
Eddie Gill Signed as free agent New Jersey Nets PG
Al Harrington Trade Golden State Warriors PF
Stephen Jackson Trade Golden State Warriors SF
Sarunas Jasikevicius Trade Golden State Warriors PG
Anthony Johnson Trade Dallas Mavericks PG
Fred Jones Signed as free agent Toronto Raptors SG
Scot Pollard Signed as free agent Cleveland Cavaliers C
Josh Powell Trade Golden State Warriors PF
Predrag Stojakovic Signed as free agent New Orleans Hornets SF
Samaki Walker Waived none PF

References[edit]