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Video: ABA highlights of Hall of Famer Mel Daniels

Sep 6, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

There were a lot of guys — Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore, George Gervin — who started their careers in the short-lived ABA and went on to legendary NBA careers. But Mel Daniels is the exception, he played almost his entire career in the ABA and had only one season with the Nets after the merger and in the NBA.

But with even with all those other stars, Daniels may have been the best player in the ABA — three time ABA champion with the Pacers, two time ABA MVP, seven-time ABA All-Star, a force inside that averaged 18.4 points and 14,9 rebounds a game.

It’s fitting that Daniels goes in to the Hall of Fame in the same class as Reggie Miller, they are the two greatest Pacers ever.

  1. paulhargis53 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Long overdue. The Pavers were the class franchise of the ABA. Daniels, Roger Brown was a lights out shooter. Bob Netolicky, George McGinnis, Billy Keller.

    Not a lot of people got to see the ABA .
    The book “Loose Balls” tells a great story about these guys and many other players.

    Congrats Big man.

  2. ndrocks2 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    George McGinnis needs to be listed as well on all-time great Pacers, only four seasons before moving on the Philly in the NBA but 25 pts and 13 boards a game ain’t bad even by ABA standards.

  3. paulhargis53 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    The Pacers were the class of the ABA.

    Freddie Lewis, Bob Netolicky, Billy Keller and Roger Brown…..

    Mel deserves this accolade.

    The ABA was on par with the NBA. It was actually a precursor to today’s NBA.

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