Reggie Miller's Pacers
Seeing as how dominating Hibbert and George were, if Reggie's team played today, would they have beaten the Heat? Rik Smits, Dale Davis, Antonio Davis, Detlef Shrempf (later traded for Derrick Mckey), Reggie, Mark Jackson, Haywoode Workman, Byron Scott was 6th man, Sam Mitchell was also on bench. Coach: Larry Brown.
It would have been a great series, that team was one of only two that took Jordan to a game 7 during his title runs.
It wouldn't be close. The heat would destroy them. I hate how people think teams from the past can hold up today. The game only evolves and gets better. Lebron is flat out better than Jordan honestly and I don't even like lebron
I don't think the game has changed as much from 90s to now, compared to 60s to 80s etc. There's more restrictions as to what you can do now is the only thing that would hold teams back, but Reggie Miller would still be a killer 3 Point Shooter and old school centers would destroy teams now. Jordan was much much more competitive in the playoffs than LeBron has been and that's why I believe he's better. Jordan had so many historic big games in his 6 championship runs, Would Lebron play through the flu like Jordan? Lebron's a great player, he's definitely more gifted than Jordan physically, but mentally and scoring-wise Jordan has the upper-hand.
And How in the hell has the game gotten better? I'd rather the 90s be now than today's game any day.
Game is not much better. The rules changes have been made to increase scoring for speedy players. But the 90's teams could match up with todays team very well. Think if the 90 Pacers could play zone. There starting line up was big then this yrs pacers line up. Paul is the only one with a ht advantage and thats saying mullin started not mckey. Heat would have have even more troubles getting in the line. Plus Antonio Davis was Even more brusing then Psycho T coming over the Bench. And the 90s Pacer bench is better then this yrs.
Wow. You couldn't be more wrong about this.
Player and more athletic but not better! Are you stupid or just crazy to say James is better then Jordan!
Reggie's the man. But ray is the 3rd best player on his team AND the best 3pt shooter In the history of the game. Don't tell me his shots fell off because..no. It hasn't.
You saying Ray Allen now is better than Reggie Miller then? Heckkkkkk no, not even close. You must've not seen Allen shooting against the Pacers in that series.
Not a good matchup. Heat in 5.
Mark Jackson trash talking Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole would be must-see television. And then there would be the Dunking Dutchman versus the Birdman!
I also like Dale and Antonio Davis + Rik Smits bothering Chris Bosh for a whole series, but I don't know how they get enough offense out of that bunch compared to West and Hibbert.
Can't believe I'm the first person to ask this, but what "Reggie team" are we even talking about? He played about 20 seasons and on numerous good teams. Some of those teammates you listed never played together. Shcrempf didn't play with half those guys. Mark jackson had two different stints with Indiana. I honestly clicked on this thread planning to contribute my two cents on how the team looked, but you have provided no clues as to what pacer team we are talking about. And if it's early pacers, add chuck person. If it's late pacers add jalen rose.
Haha I was wondering the same. I just assumed 1995 for some reason.
The best team Reggie was on was the 99-00 team that won two games against the Shaq Lakers. This was the year that Jalen Rose stepped up and helped Reggie out tremendously on offense. The team was also stacked with solid veterans in Sam Perkins, Chris Mullins, Marc Jackson, and many others. I think that team could put in work agains't Miami. They had the bigs and scorers to play a good brand of basketball, and don't sleep on veteran leadership. If they can bring a team that had Shaq, Kobe, Glen Rice, Robert Horry, AC Green, and Ron Harper amongst others to 6, than they could easily stand with the Heat.
Well it certainly wasn't the Detlef Schrempf days. Not sure why the OP mentioned him. During the Reggie Miller, Chuck Person, Schrempf, Rik Smits era the Pacers were average at best. Couldn't get past the first round in the East.
Most of the top teams in the Reggie Miller era would have crushed this Miami Heat team. The Heat team does not have a low post. Most teams back in the day were balanced because the whole pay scale made it easier to move players and not get stuck with terrible contracts. Also Indy was deep with veterans. This Indy team almost beat Miami and they were young and inexperienced. Paul George basically gave a game away with a mistake most vets would not make. McKey would have hounded Lebron.
Let's keep in mind that Reggie's teams were competing in the East at an All-time weak era for the East. Listen, they pushed the Bulls in the 98' ECF, but Jordan was 34, Rodman was 36, and that whole team was relatively old. And they still couldn't win in the game that mattered. After that, the East went through a "recession" of inferiority to the West.
Those were good teams, but the difference between them and Indiana from this year minimal overall.
Even if what you said is true, the Heat played the Bucks who were worse than 11-12 teams in the West and the Bulls who were without Rose, Deng, and Hinrich, and with Noah playing on one and a half feet. No way whoever the Pacers played was weaker than that.