A quick look back at the 1984-86 Indiana Pacers

Posted: May 9, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Today we found out the Indiana Pacers lost one of their family members.  Former Head Coach, George Irvine.

George Irvine

George was the Pacer head coach for 2 seasons 84-85 and 85-86 along with being and assistant and interim coach.  He doesn’t really stick out when you tell the Pacer story but everyone I asked that has been close to the organization over the years made reference to how nice of a person he was to the people he worked with on and off the court.

It is times that these I get thinking about my childhood and going to games with my dad as a kid and seeing those brutal Pacer teams of the early to mid 80’s.  I took a stroll down the wormhole of BasketballReference.com and one thing really jumped out to me.  Take a look at the salaries listed for the Pacers during the two seasons Irvine was the Head Coach.

1984-85 Salaries

Rk Player Salary
 
1 Steve Stipanovich $420,000
2 Clark Kellogg $406,000
3 Bill Garnett $269,000
4 Herb Williams $200,000
5 Jerry Sichting $135,000
6 Granville Waiters $100,000
7 Jim Thomas $80,000

1985-86 Salaries

Rk Player Salary
 
1 Wayman Tisdale $987,000
2 Steve Stipanovich $530,000
3 Clark Kellogg $476,000
4 Bill Garnett $294,000
5 Herb Williams $275,000
6 Quinn Buckner $223,000
7 Clint Richardson $205,000
8 Vern Fleming $200,000
9 Terence Stansbury $160,000
10 Bill Martin $150,000
11 Stuart Gray $143,200
12 Dwayne McClain $115,000

 

It’s no wonder that Clark and Quinn is still working their ass off.  Just compare it to what the Pacers paid guys this past season.

2016-17 Salaries

Rk Salary
 
1 Paul George $18,314,532
2 Thaddeus Young $14,153,652
3 Monta Ellis $10,770,000
4 Al Jefferson $10,230,179
5 Jeff Teague $8,800,000
6 Rodney Stuckey $7,000,000
7 C.J. Miles $4,583,450
8 Lavoy Allen $4,000,000
9 Lance Stephenson $4,000,000
10 Aaron Brooks $2,700,000
11 Myles Turner $2,463,840
12 Kevin Seraphin $1,800,000
13 Jeremy Evans $1,227,286
14 Rakeem Christmas $1,052,342
15 Joe Young $1,052,342
16 Glenn Robinson $1,050,500
17 Georges Niang $650,000
18 Ben Bentil $50,000
19 Julyan Stone $50,000
20 Alex Poythress $35,381
21 Nick Zeisloft $25,000

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