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"PISTOL PETE" MARAVICH
LSU (1968-1970)
ATLANTA HAWKS (1970-74); NEW ORLEANS JAZZ (1974-79),
BOSTON CELTICS (1979-80)

"Pistol Pete" Maravich is the all-time leading NCAA scorer with 3,667 points for a 44.2 points per game career average in his LSU career. His average is particularly amazing since he did not have the benefit of the 3-point line. He led the nation in scoring and earned All-American honors three consecutive years.

He played for his Dad, "Press", at LSU. His 3-year scoring total was 418 more points than runner-up Freeman Williams of Portland State scored in four seasons. He scored 50 points 28 times in his career and had a high of 69 vs. Alabama. After his senior year, he was voted national Player of the Year.

He developed a reputation as a "showman" with his great shooting abilities, dazzling ball-handling, and creative, often "no look", passing. A skinny, 6-5, 170 lb. white guard, he played like a Harlem Globetrotter often throwing behind his back passes, backwards over his shoulder, and with his eyes often looking away from the direction of his passes. He dribbled between his legs, behind his back, and constantly faked out his defender.

Maravich was drafted and signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 1970. He averaged 23.2 points for the Hawks during his first season and made the league's all-rookie team. In 1974, he was traded to the expansion New Orleans Jazz where he averaged 31.1 ppg in 1976-77, hitting 40 or more points 13 times and 68 against the New York Knicks.

After knee injuries and a bacterial infection he was waived by the Jazz in 1979 and picked up by the Boston Celtics where he played 26 games alongside rookie Larry Bird.

Maravich retired at age 33 on September 20, 1980. He had been selected to five NBA all-star teams and later was voted among the league's 50 greatest players.

"Pistol Pete" was born on June 22-1947 in Aliquippa, Pa. On January 5, 1988, he collapsed after a three-on-three pickup game in Pasadena, Ca, and died of a heart attack at age 40.