Chris Duarte's 2021‑22 Season in Photos
1 / 15The Pacers selected Chris Duarte with the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and the former University of Oregon star lived up to the hype in his rookie season. The 24-year-old guard started 39 of 55 games, averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point range. Duarte ranked sixth among all rookies in scoring average. The Dominican guard had a memorable debut, scoring 27 points in 33 minutes in the season opener at Charlotte on Oct. 20. Duarte went 6-for-9 from 3-point range in the game and set a franchise record for most points by a rookie in his NBA debut. Duarte's 13.1 points per game for the season is the highest scoring average by a Pacers rookie in 35 years. He scored in double figures 40 times and topped 20 points on six occasions. Duarte was named to the Rising Stars roster for 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend, but was unable to participate due to injury. He missed Indiana's final 12 games with a toe injury.