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Ultimate Standings 2009: No. 96

Indiana Pacers

Updated: July 1, 2009, 12:19 PM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky | ESPN The Magazine

Last Year's Rank: 112 Title Track: 111 Ownership: 92 Coaching: 104 Players: 94 Fan Relations: 114 Affordability: 58 Stadium Experience: 70 Bang for the Buck: 70

The Pacers finished at exactly the lottery-bound 36–46 they posted in 2007-08, so how did they jump in our Standings? Well, this year's whole may not have been any better, but fans liked the parts a lot more. Team brass jettisoned dour franchise face Jermaine O'Neal and gave up on Shawne Williams' potential after one ...

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