Last week, SB Nation released their latest project known as “Titleless,” which broke down the 64 best teams to never win a championship by division (i.e. Flameouts, Overachievers, Not Good Enough, and What Might have Been). Those squads were then narrowed to a field of 32 and seeded into a bracket, with each franchise choosing their best team and SB Nation choosing two more as wildcards.
For our part, we recorded a pod and broke down Reggie Miller’s brilliance as a screener as evidence for why the 1998 team was the best Pacers team to never win a championship. In the first round of voting, the Miller-era Pacers received 82 percent of the fan vote against the 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks and were also selected as the expert pick to win in six.
Here’s the updated status of the bracket:
WEST 2ND ROUND
(4) 1993-94 Seattle Supersonics vs. (5) 2017-18 Houston Rockets
EAST 2ND ROUND
(1) 1994-95 Orlando Magic vs. (8) 2009-10 Orlando Magic
(3) 2010-11 Chicago Bulls vs. (6) 1997-98 Indiana Pacers
As you likely noticed, and as we previously revealed, the 1998 team now finds itself up against...wait for it....the Bulls. Alright, so it isn’t Jordan’s Bulls, but it is still the Bulls none-the-same. And, in case you forgot, the Pacers lost to the 2010-11 Bulls in a hard-fought gentlemen’s sweep and then were chastised by reigning MVP Derrick Rose the next season for celebrating a regular-season victory on the United Center court.
With that in mind, if you’re interested in helping the Pacers do something they couldn’t do in either series against Chicago (win!), click this link to vote and feel free to hoot and holler to your heart’s content in the event of an upset.
We won’t judge.