02 May 2011
On May 3rd in Utah Jazz History
On May, 3 1974 in the NBA expansion draft the newly created New Orleans Jazz selected "Pistol" Pete Maravich from the Atlanta Hawks. Honors Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1987); All-NBA First Team (1976, '77); All-NBA Second Team (1973, '78); All-Rookie Team (1971); Five-time NBA All-Star; One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
Pistol was and probably still is, statistically, the greatest college basketball player ever. The proof is in the stats. Here they are.
A few crazy things about these stats.
First no three point line.
"Years later former LSU head basketball coach Dale Brown charted every college game Maravich played, taking into consideration all shots he took. Brown calculated that at the NCAA rule of a three-point line at 19-foot (5.8 m), 9-inches from the rim, Maravich would have averaged thirteen 3-point scores per game, lifting the player's career average to 57 points per game.
Second, NCAA rules at the time of Maravich's collegiate career prohibited freshmen from taking part in varsity competition, preventing Maravich from adding to his career record for a full quarter of his time at LSU. During this first year, Maravich scored 741 points in freshmen competition." from Wikipedia.
Third, look at his rebounds his freshman year 10.4 while averaging 43.6 points. 43.6 Points is his average, which is more than a point every minute, even before the shot clock era. Ridiculous. I realized that defenses were not as good back then and that he was a player before his time. Still, Pistol was ridiculous in colllege.
When he got to the pros he still put up good numbers but none better than the 76-77 season. Here is the stat line.
He averaged 41. minutes a game and 31.1 points with no three point line. He also had 5.1 assists and 5.4 rebounds.
On May, 3 1963 Jeff Hornacek former Jazz player (#14 Jersey Retired) and current assistant coach was born. Some of his top highlights.
Horny for three classic. Watching this brings back some memories. Happy Birthday Horny. By the way Hornacek was born in the same city as this Kid.
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