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The 2008–09 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 42nd season as a franchise and 33rd season in the NBA.

2008–09 Indiana Pacers season
Head coachJim O'Brien
General managerLarry Bird
ArenaConseco Fieldhouse
Results
Record36–46 (.439)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Central)
Conference: 9th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Indiana
RadioWFNI
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

Key datesEdit

Contents

OffseasonEdit

On July 9 the Pacers officially announced they had made two trades, the most notable being the trade of former All Star forward Jermaine O'Neal in exchange for Toronto Raptors players T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and Roy Hibbert who was the 17th pick on the 2008 NBA draft. The Raptors also received Nathan Jawai who was the 41st pick in the draft. Also in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, the Pacers acquired Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush who was the 13th pick in the draft. The Pacers traded away Ike Diogu and Jerryd Bayless who was the 11th pick in the draft.[1] With the Pacers missing the playoffs for the last two seasons and reaching just the first round before that, a change was needed in Indianapolis. Having been with the Pacers for the past eight years, O'Neal's tenure was marred by numerous injuries which saw him miss 40 games last season and 31 during the 2005–06 season.[2]

Draft picksEdit

  • The 6-foot-10 Nathan Jawai is the first indigenous player from Australia to be drafted by an NBA team.[3]
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 11 Jerryd Bayless (Traded to Portland)[4] Point guard   United States Arizona
2 41 Nathan Jawai (Traded to Toronto)[5] Power forward   Australia Cairns Taipans

RosterEdit

Indiana Pacers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 9   Baston, Maceo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Michigan
SG 6   Daniels, Marquis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Auburn
PG 12   Diener, Travis 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Marquette
SF 17   Dunleavy, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Duke
PG 5   Ford, T. J. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Texas
F/C 10   Foster, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Texas State
SG 23   Graham, Stephen 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oklahoma State
SF 33   Granger, Danny 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) New Mexico
C 55   Hibbert, Roy 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 278 lb (126 kg) Georgetown
PG 1   Jack, Jarrett 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Georgia Tech
PF 32   McRoberts, Josh 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Duke
PF 3   Murphy, Troy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Notre Dame
C 8   Nesterović, Rasho 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Slovenia
SG 25   Rush, Brandon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Kansas
PG 11   Tinsley, Jamaal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Iowa State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2008-10-11

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805 39–2 27–14 13–3 82
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25 28–13 13–28 9–7 82
x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27 21–20 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30 25–16 11–30 7–9 82
Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32 22–19 12–29 4–12 82
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Game logEdit

2008–09 game log
2015–16 season schedule

TradesEdit

July 9, 2008[6] To Indiana Pacers
T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovič, Maceo Baston and the rights to Roy Hibbert
To Toronto Raptors
Jermaine O'Neal and the rights to Nathan Jawai

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pacers announce two trades; acquire seven players
  2. ^ Raptors formally announce acquisition of Jermaine O'Neal, re-sign Calderon[dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2008-08-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Pacers trade Bayless to Portland". Indianapolis Star. 2008-06-26. Archived from the original on 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  5. ^ Monteverde, Marco (2008-06-27). "Nathan Jawai set for Toronto after NBA draft deal". Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  6. ^ "Jermaine O'Neal confirms trade to Raptors". CBC Sports. 2008-06-26. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-08.