by Conrad Brunner
February 27, 2007
Three generations of Pacers players are represented as the leading vote-getters for the Pacers 40th Anniversary Team, based on votes received trhough Feb. 24.
Reggie Miller, the franchise's all-time leading scorer who led the Pacers to their only NBA Finals appearance in 2000, tops the balloting with 15,475 votes. Mel Daniels, the anchor of the teams that won three ABA championships, is second with 12,049 votes. And current Pacers leader Jermaine O'Neal ranks third with 11,449.
A total of 18,912 fans have submitted ballots either online or at the special touch-screen kiosks located throughout Conseco Fieldhouse.
Balloting will continue through April 3, with the top 12 vote-getters among the 40 names on the ballot honored with selection to the 40th Anniversary Team.
Players currently in the top 12, in order (votes in parentheses) are: Rik Smits (10, 613), George McGinnis (10,222), Dale Davis (9,718), Mark Jackson (9,097), Roger Brown (8,008), Billy Keller (7,184), Antonio Davis (6,655), Billy Knight (6,605) and Darnell Hillman (5,725).
There promises to be a spirited battle for the final few spots on the roster, as Clark Kellogg, Vern Fleming and Derrick McKey are all within striking distance of Hillman.
The 40th Anniversary Team will be announced on Apr. 15 when the Pacers host the New Jersey Nets. After voting, fans have the opportunity to sign up to win Lower Level tickets and an autographed jersey, or the grand prize, a customized 1967 Chevy Camaro. A new winner will receive two tickets and an autographed jersey for every home game from now until Apr. 1. The fans who win the tickets and autographed jersey are still eligible to win the 1967 Chevy Camaro, which will be given away to one lucky fan on Fan Appreciation Night on Apr. 18 when the Pacers host the Washington Wizards.