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  • 2003-04 in Review:
    Jeff Foster
    Height: 6-11 Weight: 242 Age: 27 (1/16/77)
    Regular Season: Was the only Pacers' player to see action in every game this season and he did so for the second time in the last three seasons ... Logged a career-high 1,961 minutes (23.9 mpg) and saw 30+ minutes 15 times ... Among the top offensive rebounders in the NBA this season, he collected a career-high and team-leading 248 offensive boards ... Ranked tied for eighth in total offensive boards and in offensive rebounds per game ... Averaged 6.1 offensive rebounds per 48 minutes, best in the NBA ... Overall, averaged a career-high 7.4 rpg and tied for 28th in the NBA, second on the team ... Registered eight double-doubles ... Had a career-high 19 points with 12 rebounds vs. the Sonics at Conseco Fieldhouse, 11/14 ... For the first time in his career, led the team in scoring in a game ... In the last 15 games, averaged 9.0 rpg and had 10+ rebounds eight times, including a run of three in a row from 3/30 to 4/2. ... On offense, had best season ever, scoring 6.1 ppg on 54.4 percent FGS and 66.9 percent FTS. ... Scored in double figures in seven of the last 15 games, including a career-high five games in a row from 3/19 to 3/26. In those five games, he averaged 13.2 ppg and shot 23-44 FGS (.523) ... Over the last 23 games of the season, he shot 39-54 FTS (.722) and ended the season having hit nine straight free throws ... With enough field goals made to qualify for the league leaders, he would have ranked third best in the NBA with a team-high 54.4 percent. ... One of only two Pacers' players with more steals than turnovers in 2003-04, he was fourth on the team with a career-high 71 steals. ... Came off the bench in the first two games of the season, but then started all but one game from then on ... In his 79 starts, the team was 60-19 (.759). ... His 79 starts was second most on the team to Reggie Miller, who started all 80 of his appearances.
    Playoffs: Started 13 of 16 postseason games, averaging 19.2 minutes, 3.6 points and 6.6 rebounds ... Struggled against Detroit in the conference finals, averaging 0.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in six games ... Did not start the final three games ... Had the best game of his career (regular season or playoffs) in Game 5 against Miami in the second round, registering career-bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds, shooting 9-10 FGS and 2-2 FTS. ... That was the first double-double of his postseason career. ... Totaled 13 points in the other five games of the series ... Against Boston in the first round, averaged 5.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg, while shooting 10-15 FGS for a team-best 66.7 percent
    Plus-Minus: Ranked fifth during the regular season at +5.7 per game, but dropped to 10th during the playoffs at -0.5, including a -2.8 mark during the conference finals
    Contract Status: Signed through the 2008-09 season
    Analysis: The best season of his career didn't end as he would've liked, as Foster was replaced in the starting lineup for the final three games of the conference finals, but that did little to tarnish the year. With the departure of All-Star Brad Miller, the Pacers needed someone to fill the void in the middle and Foster beat out veteran Scot Pollard for the starting job early and held onto it with his usual combination of hustle and aggression. The rare combination of a big man who also is an energy player, Foster is a tenacious rebounder and potentially an excellent defender. Needs to develop one reliable offensive move to take his overall game up a notch.

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