Many of today’s NBA players do not even remember or know who Pete Maravich is. Others will hardly admit they used to watch the old tapes of him playing basketball.
Boston’s great coach Red Auerbach called Maravich one of the best in the game. Wilt Chamberlain had trouble stopping Maravich under the basket. The fans came to the stadiums to see “Pistol” Pete play.
Maravich was a scoring machine during his NBA years with Atlanta, New Orleans and Boston, and he’s be remembered for his fancy passes and scoring skills that very few players possessed at the time.
A 5-time NBA All-Star, and Basketball Hall of Famer, Maravich averaged career high 31.1 ppg in 1976-77. That same season Maravich led the NBA in scoring and minutes per game.
Maravich died at only age 40…playing basketball. He was playing pick-up basketball in a church, when he collapsed and died of a broken heart.
Many of today’s NBA players simply would not be, if it wasn’t for a white boy, named “Pistol”.
Maravich played 10 years in the NBA, appearing in 658 games, averaging 24.2 ppg, 5.4 apg and 4.2 rpg in 37 mpg.
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