Pacers legend Reggie Miller’s shocked reaction on live TV to NBA Top 75 honor
Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller was speechless when he learned that he was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team. Live on television, NBA on TNT host Ernie Johnson informed Miller he had been selected. He tried to string together a complete sentence but was unable to as he tried to process the honor.
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“I’m a little shaken right now, ’cause I wasn’t expecting to be on that list, truthfully,” Miller said.
He cited the number of great players throughout the NBA’s history and that some greats were bound to be excluded. The full list, which ended with 76 players due to a tie in the voting, features Miller as the only Pacer to make it.
Although Miller’s selection was far from a guarantee, he has a sturdy case to back it up, as he is one of the league’s best all-time shooters. He made five All-Star teams and three All-NBA Third teams during his 18-year, Hall-of-Fame career. He ended his playing days as the all-time leader in 3-point field goals — he has since been surpassed by only Ray Allen and Stephen Curry, who both made the list — and is currently 21st in total career points.
Miller’s selection shows the voters’ affinity for scoring and clutch playoff performances, which Miller’s legacy is based on. His postseason battles against Patrick Ewing (a fellow nominee to the 75th Anniversary team) and his New York Knicks cemented his legacy as a fearsome competitor and big-time performer. He remains arguably the greatest player in Pacers’ history and has a new accolade to show for it.