30 years ago, Rik Smits became the improbable superstar of the Indiana Pacers

Everywhere Donnie Walsh turned, the name kept popping up. In the newspapers. In scouting reports. From NBA coaches.

There was this giant, skinny Dutch kid scoring all kinds of points at a private liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York. His name was Rik Smits.

“He was such a good shooter. And that height?” said Walsh, who at the time was in his third year as Indiana Pacers president. “I just thought, ‘He’s going to be a really good NBA player.'”

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