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Thread: The Best Player championship belt: 1975

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    Default The Best Player championship belt: 1975

    1975

    Reigning belt holder: Julius Erving

    NBA Champion: Golden State Warriors
    ABA Champion: Kentucky Colonels
    NBA MVP: Bob McAdoo
    ABA MVP: Julius Erving/George McGinnis
    NBA Finals MVP: Rick Barry
    ABA Finals MVP: Artis Gilmore
    NBA Scoring champ: Bob McAdoo (34.5)
    ABA Scoring champ: George McGinnis (29.8)
    NBA PER champ: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (26.4)
    ABA PER champ: Julius Erving (26.2)

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    Julius Erving: The new king of the ABA kept improving himself in 1975. Raising his scoring a little, improving his assist average and cutting down his turnovers, Erving was still a dominant force with averages of 27.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and around 2 steals and 2 blocks per game, as well as its most efficient player. The Nets on his shoulders also remained an elite team with 58 wins. Then the playoffs happened and it all came crashing down. Despite averaging 27 points in the first round and scoring 69 over the final two games, his Nets were shocked 4-1 in the first round by Marvin Barnes and the mercurial Spirits of St. Louis, who managed to put it all together just in time for the postseason.

    Rick Barry: The nomadic superstar that no one liked got his revenge on the rest of the basketball world in 1975. With the Bucks falling out of contention, suddenly Barry and his young, talented Warriors squad had an open path to the finals. Barry for his part had a career season at age 30, averaging 30.6 points (2nd in the NBA), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and a league-best 2.9 steals. The Warriors coasted along with 48 wins, good enough for first place in a mediocre western conference. Barry then proceeded to go on one of the all time playoff tears, averaging 27/6/6 in a 4-2 opening round win over the sonics, and 28/6/6 in a 7-game slugfest against the Bulls in the conference finals, including 36 on the road in Chicago in a must-win game 6. Seen as massive underdogs against a powerful Bullets team in the finals, Barry engineered a stunning result, averaging nearly 30 points, 5 assists and 3 steals as the warriors not only beat the Bullets, but swept them out of the finals to win the NBA title, and Barry received vindication in the form of the finals MVP trophy.

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kareem's career hit somewhat of a low point in 1975. Averaging just 30 points, 14 rebounds and a league-best 3.3 blocks, Kareem was easily the league's most efficient player with a PER of 26.4. So why was 1975 a low point for Kareem? With Oscar Robertson gone, Kareem's Bucks were no longer the threat they used to be, and Kareem's demeanor got worse as that sunk in. He was forced to miss the first month of the season after breaking his own hand punching a basket support in frustration, and Milwaukee started the season 3-14 without him. Though Kareem would finish the rest of the season with his usual brilliance, it simply wasn't enough to dig the bucks out of the hole he had dug for them. Milwaukee went 38-44, missed the postseason entirely, and Kareem demanded a trade out of town the following summer.

    George McGinnis: McGinnis ended his majestic 3-year peak in 1975, easily his statistical best. With his frontcourt partner Mel Daniels traded away, he had the paint all to himself. McGinnis was more than happy to soak up the extra touches, averaging a league-best 29.8 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists (good for 3rd in the ABA). George's turnover bugaboo also followed him along, shattering his two previous records by averaging 5.3 per game. The Pacers won just 45 games, but it was enough to sneak them into the postseason. McGinnis dominated George Gervin's Spurs in the first round with a 38-point average, including 51 in game 3, as the Pacers advanced 4-2. He went a step further in the conference finals by dropping 40 points on the road in Denver to get past the #1 seeded Nuggets and return to the Finals for a crack at another ring. There would not be a storybook ending for McGinnis in the finals however, though McGinnis played admirably with a 27-point average in the finals, the Pacers simply were not big or deep enough to compete with Kentucky's twin towers of Dan Issel and Artis Gilmore, as the Colonels wiped the Pacers out in 5 games to take the championship.
    Last edited by Kstat; 08-09-2017 at 06:33 AM.

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

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1975

    This may be the closest 4 that have been posted...so when in doubt vote Pacer. Besides, it's probably the last time a Pacer will appear in a poll.

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    Yeah - finally time to give Big Mac the belt.

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    Default Re: The Best Player championship belt: 1975

    Going down to the wire...

    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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