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Fans Select Their Starting Five from the 1970s

by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

After weeks of fans voting for their top five players of the 1970s era of Pacers basketball, the results are in.

The fans chose Roger Brown, Mel Daniels, Darnell Hillman, George McGinnis, and Don Buse. The final five is a group that helped shape the most successful era in Pacers history, one that included three ABA Championships.

Daniels and Brown are both Hall-of-Famers. Daniels, who is being honored with a bobblehead on Saturday night, averaged 19.4 points and 16 rebounds with the Pacers. Brown averaged 18 points and 6.2 rebounds per game when he was on Indiana.

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Darnell Hillman, who played on both the NBA and ABA Pacers, averaged 10.6 points and 8.4 rebounds with Indiana.

Buse played seven seasons of the Pacers, averaging 7.7 points and 5.1 assists per game. He made the All-Star team during Indiana's first season in the NBA.

And George McGinnis, who is also being honored with a bobblehead on Saturday, was one of the highest scoring Pacers of all time. During the 1974-75 season, McGinnis averaged a ridiculous 29.8 points per game, 14.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, leading the Pacers to a surprise appearance in the ABA Finals.

Voting is now open for your top players of the 1980s. Head to PacersVote.com to make your pick!

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