Indiana Pacers (NBA)

International Players, 2023-24

Bennedict MathurinGuardCanada2023-24Montreal, Canada
Andrew NembhardGuardCanada2023-24Aurora, Canada
Pascal SiakamForwardCameroon2023-24Douala, Cameroon
Oscar TshiebweForward / CenterDR Congo2023-24Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Indiana Pacers Team History

The Indiana Pacers have a rich history dating back to their founding in 1967 as a charter member of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Throughout their tenure in both the ABA and the NBA, the Pacers have cultivated a tradition of embracing international talent on their roster. This tradition has added diversity and flair to the team while bolstering their competitiveness on the court. One notable international player in Pacers history is Detlef Schrempf, hailing from Leverkusen, Germany. Schrempf joined the Pacers in 1988 and made an immediate impact, averaging 17.3 points per game in his first season with the team. He went on to become a two-time NBA All-Star during his tenure with the Pacers and was instrumental in the team’s success during the early 1990s.

Another significant international addition to the Pacers’ roster was Rik Smits, a towering center from Eindhoven, Netherlands. Selected by the Pacers as the second overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, Smits became a cornerstone of the team’s frontcourt for over a decade. Standing at 7 feet 4 inches tall, Smits possessed a deadly mid-range jumper and formidable shot-blocking ability, earning him the nickname “The Dunking Dutchman.” Over the course of his career with the Pacers, Smits amassed impressive statistics, including over 12,000 points scored and nearly 2,000 blocks.