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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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  • Julius Erving

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  • John Havlicek

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  • George McGinnis

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Thread: The Best Player championship belt: 1974

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    Default The Best Player championship belt: 1974

    1974

    Reigning belt holder: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (X3)

    NBA Champion: Boston Celtics
    ABA Champion: New York Nets
    NBA MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    ABA MVP: Julius Erving
    NBA Finals MVP: John Havlicek
    ABA Finals MVP: Julius Erving
    NBA Scoring champ: Bob McAdoo (30.6)
    ABA Scoring champ: Julius Erving (27.4)
    NBA PER champ: Bob McAdoo (24.7)
    ABA PER champ: Julius Erving (25.7)

    The candidates:

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: With 35-year old Oscar Robertson on his farewell tour, 1974 was the last dance for Kareem's Bucks. Kareem displayed his typical brilliance, averaging 27 points, 14.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks on 54% shooting, ranking top-5 in the league in all 4 categories. With Wilt retired, Milwaukee had no real rival in the western conference and easily took the top seed with 59 wins, and Kareem took his MVP back from Dave Cowens. Kareem tore apart the NBA's leading shotblocker Elmore Smith in the first round, to the tune of 30/18/5/3/2/2 averages as the Bucks took the first round series 4-1. He did even more damage to the 2nd seeded bulls in the western conference finals, averaging nearly 35 points and 20 rebounds in a 4-game beatdown. The 1974 Finals against the revitalized Celtics was one of the most competitive of all time. Neither team won two consecutive games all series, and Kareem did his part with series averages of 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. His high point game in game 6, with the Bucks down 3-2 heading into Boston Garden, Kareem played all 58 minutes of the 2-OT thriller, scored 34 points and hit the game-winning sky hook over two players with 3 seconds left. His low point unfortunately came just two days later a home in game 7, when the Celtics aggressively overplayed Kareem defensively, and neither Kareem nor his teammates dealt with it well. Kareem managed just 26 points (the only game of the series he didn't score 30), and his bucks were blown out, 102-87.

    Julius Erving: Dr. J fully established himself as the face of the ABA in 1974. Already the league's most gifted player, his popularity hit the mainstream when he was sold to the New York Nets. He made an immediate impact, retaining his league scoring title, playing at peak efficiency and led the Nets to a remarkable 25-game turnaround, finishing first in the ABA with 55 wins. Erving was a near-unanimous choice for the first MVP of his career. Dr. J got his revenge against the Colonels in the eastern conference finals, decimating them for nearly 30 points per game in a 4-game sweep. Erving opened up the 1974 finals with a 47-point salvo in a game 1 win against the Utah stars, and that set the tone for the series, as his Nets cruised to their first championship in just 5 games, and Dr. J was awarded a finals MVP to go along with his league MVP.

    John Havlicek: Hondo entered his twilight a relatively forgotten man of the bygone Russell era, but at age 33 he had one signature season left in him. Leading the top-seeded celtics in scoring (22.6), assists (5.9) and steals (1.3), he re-steablished himself as not just their leader, but their best player. In the playoffs he turned back the clock, outdueling league scoring king Bob McAdoo with 43 points in a pivotal game 3 and added 28, 10 and 7 in game 6 as the celtics took the series 4-2. He then pounded the final nail in the knicks dynasty with 36 points and 33 points in game 4 and 5 wins, as Boston knocked off the defending champs to return to the finals for the first time since Russell retired. The ageless Hondo left everything he had in the finals, averaging nearly 47 minutes over 7 games, and producing averages of nearly 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Like Kareem, Havlicek played brilliantly in game 6 (36 points) and poorly in game 7 (16), but Boston's depth eventually won the day. For the third consecutive series, Havlicek was Boston's leading scorer and along with his 7th ring came his first finals MVP.

    George McGinnis: With the defending champion Pacers gradually sinking, McGinnis was able to keep them afloat. Averaging nearly 26 points and a career-best 15 rebounds, he finished 2nd in the ABA in both categories. He also led the ABA in turnovers again, coming just 8 shy of breaking the league record he had set the year before. The Pacers won just 46 games, but that was still good enough for 2nd in the west. McGinnis struggled a bit against George Gervin and the 3rd seeded spurs, but still led his team both in scoring and to a 7-game series win. The conference finals would be where Indiana's reign as champions would come to an end, as the Utah Stars got their revenge. Despite rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to force a game 7 behind McGinnis's 27-point series average, the Pacers got blown out in game 7 in Utah by 22 points, with George scoring just 14 points on 3 baskets.
    Last edited by Kstat; 08-05-2017 at 07:55 PM.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1974

    My heart said Big Mac or Havlicek but I had to vote Dr. J.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1974

    Need a tiebreaker at some point by tomorrow....

    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
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