22 July 2011
#1 "Pistol" Pete Maravich
Pistol Pete was Jimmer, before Jimmer even thought about being Jimmer.
When introduced into the HOF (as the youngest player ever) this was stated about Pistol Pete, "Perhaps [he is] the greatest creative offensive talent in history."
Over his ten year career he averaged 24 ppg as a guard, and shot 83% from the free throw line which is 4th all time among Utah Jazz players.
Pete is one of three Utah Jazz players that scored 2000+ points in a season, the other two being Dantley and Malone.
Pete is one of two Utah Jazz players to score 60 plus points, the other being the Karl Malone.
Arguably his greatest offensive performance came against the Knicks on Feb 27, 1977 when he exploded for 68 points (without a three point line.)
Few things to watch for... his mechanics as far as setting up the shot are a little quirky but his release and releases point are spot on...He swishes almost every shot...He perfected the leaner(which tons of players use now)...no three point line... and he fouls out of the game with 1:17 left which probably would have given him 71 or 73....How well he uses his teammates on pics...the baseline hook shot...Dick Bavetta reffing he is the one that shoves the ball in Pete's stomach at the 3:40 mark.
This is part five of a five part series called, "The Top Five Shooters In Utah Jazz History."
Jazz Fans tell us what you think...
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