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We remember Pete “Pistol” Maravich (1947-88)

Friday, June 22, 2018 0:09
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Pete Maravich was born in Alquippa, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1947.    He was born in a basketball family and accomplished so much on the court:   
3 time 1st Team All American at LSU

Naismith trophy for player of the year – 1970

All time leading NCAA division 1 scorer with 3667 points, average 44.2 points per game

All of his accomplishments were acheived before the 3 point line was introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then NCAA rules

One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Holder of numerous NCAA scoring records and some 26 southeastern conference records

10 years as an NBA player with Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, and Boston Celtics

Leading scorer in NBA in 76-77 with 31.1 average – 1st team all pro

5 time NBA All Star

Chosen as one of the best players of the 70’s by NBA and media

Chosen as one of the “50 Greatest Players” of all time in 1997

Youngest player to ever be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame

NBA career scoring average of 24.1 points per game

Cited by the hall of fame as “perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history”.    
It’s fair to say that Pete was a better college than NBA player.    
Pete died suddenly in 1988 at 41 during a pick up game.   It was a shock, a real shock.

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