2017–18 Indiana Pacers season

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2017–18 Indiana Pacers season
Head coachNate McMillan
General managerChad Buchanan
Owner(s)Herbert 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
< 2016–17 2018–19 >

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[edit]

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[edit]

2017–18 Indiana Pacers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 13 Anigbogu, Ike 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 262 lb (119 kg) 1998–10–22 UCLA
F 44 Bogdanović, Bojan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1989–04–18 Croatia
F 20 Booker, Trevor 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1987–11–25 Clemson
G 2 Collison, Darren 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1987–08–23 UCLA
C 25 Jefferson, Al 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1985–01–04 Prentiss HS (MS)
G 6 Joseph, Cory 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991–08–20 Texas
F 22 Leaf, T. J. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1997–04–30 UCLA
F 26 Moore, Ben (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–05–13 SMU
G 4 Oladipo, Victor 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–05–04 Indiana
F 0 Poythress, Alex 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1993–09–06 Kentucky
G/F 40 Robinson, Glenn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994–01–08 Michigan
F/C 11 Sabonis, Domantas 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1996–05–03 Gonzaga
G 1 Stephenson, Lance 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–09–05 Cincinnati
G 5 Sumner, Edmond (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1995–12–31 Xavier
C 33 Turner, Myles 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1996–03–24 Texas
G 3 Young, Joe 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992–06–27 Oregon
F 21 Young, Thaddeus 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1988–06–21 Georgia Tech
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–04–04

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yCleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 0.0 29–12 21–20 11–5 82
xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 2.0 27–14 21–20 10–6 82
xMilwaukee 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[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cToronto Raptors * 59 23 .720 82
2 xBoston Celtics 55 27 .671 4.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 7.0 82
4 yCleveland Cavaliers * 50 32 .610 9.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 11.0 82
6 yMiami Heat * 44 38 .537 15.0 82
7 xMilwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15.0 82
8 xWashington 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[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 3–1 (Home: 1–0; Road: 2–1)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2017–18 game log
Total: 48–34 (Home: 27–14; Road: 21–20)
2017–18 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2018 playoff game log
Total: 3–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–3)
2018 playoff schedule

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 6, 2017[6] To Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo
Domantas Sabonis
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George
July 14, 2017[7] To Indiana Pacers
Cory Joseph
To Toronto Raptors
Draft rights to Emir Preldžić
C.J. Miles

Free agents[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Darren Collison[8] 2-year/$20M Sacramento Kings
Bojan Bogdanovic[9] 2-year/$21M Washington Wizards
Alex Poythress[10] Two-way contract Philadelphia 76ers
DeQuan Jones[11] Training camp deal France Lille Métropole
Trey McKinney-Jones[11] Fort Wayne Mad Ants (G League)

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason New Team
Monta Ellis[12] Waived
Rakeem Christmas[13] Waived Turkey Galatasaray Odeabank
Kevin Séraphin[14] Waived Spain FC Barcelona

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lonzo Ball, TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford named first-team All-Pac-12". insidesocal.com. March 7, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Wasserman, Jonathan. "Ranking the Best Rim Protectors Likely to Declare for 2017 NBA Draft". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Second-Round Picks Will Need Time to Heal". NBA.com. June 28, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Xavier might have lost starting point guard Edmond Sumner for the season". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Edmond Sumner and Two-Way Contracts Explained - Blue HQ Media". bluehqmedia.com. 6 July 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Pacers Acquire Oladipo and Sabonis". NBA.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Raptors Complete Trade With Indiana". NBA.com. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pacers Sign Collison". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Pacers Sign Bojan Bogdanovic". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Pacers Sign Alex Poythress". nba.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Pacers Sign DeQuan Jones and Trey McKinney-Jones". NBA.com. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Pacers Waive Ellis". NBA.com. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Pacers Waive Rakeem Christmas". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Kevin Seraphin: Waived by Pacers". cbssports.com. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.