Equally accomplished in visual art and music, Mike, co-founder of the locally based BRIDGE Collective, combines text, images, and cultural references into works that pack many layers of sub-content into their unique designs.
Location in Fieldhouse: Key Bank Suites Level
1999-2000 Indiana Pacers Starting Five: The 1999-2000 Indiana Pacers is the only team in franchise history to reach the NBA Finals. Mike Graves depicts the story of that season through an examination of the starting players’ jerseys. Surrounding each jersey are newspaper clippings, game memorabilia, and other materials that illuminate each player’s journey as well as the players as a team.
Jalen Rose SF #5, 2022
Write Up of Piece: Jalen Rose became the first player in eight years other than Reggie Miller to lead the Pacers in scoring in the 1999–2000 season when he averaged 18.2 points per game for the eventual Eastern Conference Champions. Rose was the winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award in the process, the first player in Pacers history to receive that honor.
Reggie Miller SG #31, 2022
Write Up of Piece: Reggie Miller is widely regarded as the greatest player in Pacer franchise history. On May 6, 2000, at Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers-Miller and teammate Jalen Rose each scored 40 points—becoming the highest-scoring pair of teammates in playoff history. The Pacers won that series 4–2 and returned to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth time in seven years; this time they finally defeated the rival Knicks in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on June 2, 2000. This win was sealed by Miller’s 34 points, with 17 coming in the fourth quarter to help Indiana clinch the series. At long last...the Hicks beat the Knicks!
Dale Davis PF #32, 2022
Write Up of Piece: Davis was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 13th pick of the 1991 NBA Draft and spent the first nine years of his career in Indiana. He quickly established himself as the team’s starting power forward, routinely averaging double-digits in points and near double-digits in rebounds throughout his Pacers career. Davis left the franchise as the team’s all-time leader in rebounds in their NBA era. Dale Davis was named to the All-Star team following the 1999-2000 season.
Mark Jackson PG #13, 2022
Write Up of Piece: Mark Jackson’s involvement with the Pacers starting in 1994 made them a playoff contender. An unquestioned leader of the team, he routinely dominated in steals and assists and was the starting point guard in his only NBA finals in 2000.
Rik Smits C #45, 2022
Write Up of Piece: Rik Smits, nicknamed “the Dunking Dutchman”, spent his entire career with the Indiana Pacers. Named to the 1998 All Star Team, the 7-foot-4-inch center averaged double digits points per game during his 13-year career. The Dutchman endeared himself to Pacers fans with outstanding playoff performances.
1999-2000 Season, 2022
Write Up of Piece: For the Indiana Pacers, the 1999-2000 season was a landmark occasion. Not only was it the first season played in their new venue, Conseco Fieldhouse, they also won 25 straight games and clinched the division title. The team was the first in franchise history to reach the NBA Finals since joining the League, ultimately falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in six hard-fought games. It was truly a “season to remember.” Mike Graves’ depiction, which includes clippings, game memorabilia, and other materials, focuses on the season as a whole, its ups and downs, its players, and the fans.