PETE MARAVICH ! The Best Basketball Player Ever
Pete Maravich Biography
Hall of Fame basketball star "Pistol" Pete Maravich was a legend in every way. From his playground specialty moves to his scoring records to his status as one of the most talented players to ever rule the court, Maravich was one of a kind. His showmanship played a large part in helping the sport of basketball grow in popular in the 1970´s and without his talent; it may not have grown to where it is today.
Maravich was born on June 22, 1947, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and was the son of Press Maravich, a fellow professional basketball star. He had a successful high school basketball career that earned him a spot on the freshman basketball team at Louisiana State University.
Pistol´s talent immediately started to shine as a freshman player for the freshman team as he scored an average of a whopping 43.6 points per game. His sophomore year, he made the jump to varsity as freshman were, at that point, forbidden by the NCAA to play on the varsity team. Over the following three seasons of basketball, he averaged 43.8, 44.2 and 44.5 points per game, leading the NCAA in scoring each and every year.
Maravich was an automatic star, packing the stands at LSU for each and every game. His moves and showmanship were like that of no other player, and fans crowded in to catch a glimpse of the Pistol in action.
During his senior season he scored 50 or more points in 10 of LSU's 31 games, helping him to set an NCAA record for most points and highest scoring average in a single season. In 1970, he was named the NCAA´s College Player of the Year.
The Atlanta Hawks then selected the slender, 6-5 Maravich as the third overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. He made quite an impact with the team during his first season, scoring 23.2 points per game which was good enough for ninth in the league. He even earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Team.
He suffered from a bit of a sophomore slump, missing 16 games due to injuries and other situations. He continued to improve as the years went by, scoring more and more for the Hawks and helping to improve their record. The Pistol's final year with Atlanta was his highest-scoring NBA season yet as he averaged 27.7 points each game during the 73-74 season, which was high enough to be second in the league.
The next year, he was brought back to his beloved state of Louisiana to play for the newly formed expansion team the New Orleans Jazz. Despite an unimpressive team records, the Pistol´s showmanship continued to excel, and his moves were well known throughout the league and all of its fans.
After years of playing Pete Maravich died of a heart attack on January 5, 1988 while playing in a pickup three-on-three basketball game in a California gym. He was 40 years old.
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