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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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  • Julius Erving

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  • Tiny Archibald

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  • George McGinnis

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Thread: The Best Player championship belt: 1973

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    Default The Best Player championship belt: 1973

    1973

    Reigning belt holder: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (X2)

    NBA Champion: New York Knicks
    ABA Champion: Indiana Pacers
    NBA MVP: Dave Cowens
    ABA MVP: Billy Cunningham
    NBA Finals MVP: Willis Reed
    ABA Finals MVP: George McGinnis
    NBA Scoring champ: Tiny Archibald (34.0)
    ABA Scoring champ: Julius Erving (31.9)
    NBA PER champ: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28.5)
    ABA PER champ: Julius Erving (27.7)

    The candidates:

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: With his co-pilot Oscar Robertson in a steep decline, the Bucks took a small step back in 1973. That didn't mean Kareem was any less dominant. He finished 2nd in the league in scoring a 30.2, 4th in rebounding at 16.1, and he shot 55% from the floor despite double and triple teams, good for 3rd in the league. The Bucks reclaimed the top seed in the west with a 60-22 season, but it was ultimately a mirage. Facing the 4th seeded Warriors in the first round, the plodding Bucks could not keep up with a younger, deeper Warriors team that had just bought Rick Barry back from the ABA. Kareem struggled a bit, only averaging 22 points for the series on 43% shooting, and without him at his best the Bucks never stood a chance. The West's #1 seed was knocked out of the first round in 6 games.

    Julius Erving: Year 2 for Dr. J was a mixed bag. Statistically, he built upon his late rookie explosion to become the ABA's most lethal weapon. Leading the league in scoring at nearly 28 points, placing 5th in rebounds at 12.2 and 4th in FG%, Erving led the ABA in efficiency as well. Despite his individual dominance, he was unable to lead the squires above .500 and squeaked into the playoffs. Despite torching the higher seeded Colonels for 41 points in a game 2 win, it would prove to be Virginia's only victory of the playoffs, a Dr. J and the squires were shown the door just 5 games into the postseason.

    Tiny Archibald: The perpetually lousy post-oscar Royals went looking for a fresh start in 1972-73, relocating to Kansas City and rebranding themselves the Kings. It did not help. Head coach Bob Cousy took it upon himself to utilize the only weapon at his disposal: Force the ball into point guard Tiny Archibald's hands and let him cook. The little guy responded with a historic explosion, averaging over 34 points and 11 assists, leading the entire league in both categories. Tiny also logged a remarkable 46 minutes per game, playing more than any other NBA player. Despite Archibald generating offense at a historically good level, the newly minted Kansas City Kings improved just 6 games, finishing last in their division at 36-46 and missing the playoffs.

    George McGinnis: Already two time ABA champions, the 1973 edition of the Indiana Pacers might have been their deepest, with the emergence of 2nd year homegrown forward George McGinnis. The versatile, athletic power forward made a gigantic leap from a solid rookie to a superstar sophomore, averaging 27.7 points (2nd only to Dr. J), 12.4 rebounds (good for 4th in the ABA), and finished top-5 in FG% as well at just under 50% At just 22 years old, he easily claimed alpha dog status on the defending champions. He also showed the maturity of a 22-year old, setting an ABA record by averaging nearly 5 turnovers per game. McGinnis it up in the postseason, leading Indiana in scoring in the first two round, including a game-high 27 points in a the clinching game 6 against the #1 seeded Utah Stars. The ABA finals against the 56-win Colonels was a different matter, as Kentucky's frontline of Issel and Gilmore kept McGinnis in check and took the Pacers to a 7th game. McGinnis cemented his rise to stardom in that game, scoring a game-high 27 points, 13 of them coming in the 4th quarter as the Pacers won an 88-81 slugfest on the road to win their 3rd ABA title in 4 seasons, and McGinnis was awarded the finals MVP.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

    Division Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
    NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1973

    Although Kareem probably deserves it, I had to vote for Big Mac.

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    Head = KAJ.

    Heart = Big Mac.

    Can't argue against head .........

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1973

    You can marke down for Kareem for the next few years

    Edit: minus the Bill Walton season lol

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1973

    Kareem needed to take it to another level in the championship series. Dave Cowens couldn't be stopped in games 3 and 7. And those games are what lost the series for the Bucks. And the Bucks turned over the ball nearly twice as much as the Celtics.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1973

    Quote Originally Posted by Major Cold View Post
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    Kareem needed to take it to another level in the championship series. Dave Cowens couldn't be stopped in games 3 and 7. And those games are what lost the series for the Bucks. And the Bucks turned over the ball nearly twice as much as the Celtics.
    This isn't 1974

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
    NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004

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    I voted for KAJ. Although Tiny Archibald was spectacular that season.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1973

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    This isn't 1974
    Whoops

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