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We remember Pete “Pistol” Maravich (1947-88)

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Pete Maravich was born in Alquippa, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1947.    He was born in a basketball family and accomplished so much on the court:   

3 time 1st Team All American at LSU
Naismith trophy for player of the year – 1970
All time leading NCAA division 1 scorer with 3667 points, average 44.2 points per game
All of his accomplishments were acheived before the 3 point line was introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then NCAA rules
One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Holder of numerous NCAA scoring records and some 26 southeastern conference records
10 years as an NBA player with Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, and Boston Celtics
Leading scorer in NBA in 76-77 with 31.1 average – 1st team all pro
5 time NBA All Star
Chosen as one of the best players of the 70’s by NBA and media
Chosen as one of the “50 Greatest Players” of all time in 1997
Youngest player to ever be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame
NBA career scoring average of 24.1 points per game
Cited by the hall of fame as “perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history”.    

It’s fair to say that Pete was a better college than NBA player.    

Pete died suddenly in 1988 at 41 during a pick up game.   It was a shock, a real shock.


Written by scantojr

June 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

Posted in NBA

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