The decade of the seventies in the NBA is one of the most controversial ever, with economic problems, loss of fans and with the ABA as competition.
The decade of the seventies in the NBA is one of the most controversial ever, with economic problems, loss of fans and with the ABA as competition. Despite this, some of the best in history played in those years. Today we review what we consider to be the best of a few years without a doubt unforgettable
The 10 best players of the 70s in the NBA
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
There was no doubt that the best of the decade was still the top scorer in the NBA. Kareem began his career in the best league in the world in 1969 in milwaukee bucks, where he played until 1975 before leaving for the Lakers. He only won one ring in that period, with the Bucks, but he played his most dominant basketball, averaging more than 30 points per game on 4 occasions and always more than 25 except in the last two seasons of the decade. Speechless.
2. John Havlicek
Hondo was an escort of boston celtics for most of the 1960s and 1970s, helping them win eight NBA championships during his career. Two of those championships came during the 1970s. Havlicek and Dave Cowens were the top two players on both winning teams. However, Havlicek won Finals MVP for the first of the two, in 1974.
During the 1970s, Havlicek was one of the most dangerous scorers in the game. He averaged between 23 and 29 points per game during the first half of the decade. During that same time, he finished in the top 10 in assists per game each season.
Havlicek made the All-Star Game in all nine seasons he played during the 1970s. In addition, he was selected to the All-NBA First Team four times and to the All-Defensive First Team five times.
3. Bob Lanier
Although he did not win a ring, he averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs during his career. He played 7 All Stars and was MVP of one of them in 1974 after scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. He averaged over 20 points per game. He played in the seventies exclusively for the Pistons.
4. Walt Frazier
The best pure base of the decade, he was the leader of the New York Knicks in achieving the only two rings in history, those of 1970 and 1973. He was six times all star, 4 times First Team and 6 Best All-Defensive Team .
5. Bob McAdoo
McAdoo didn’t start his NBA career until the 1973 season, but his game deserves the number four spot on this list. In his first four seasons, McAdoo led the league in scoring three times, scoring more than 30 points per game in each of those years. While his career declined rapidly in the 1980s, McAdoo was good enough to win Rookie of the Year and 1975 NBA MVP in the previous decade. In addition to this, he was a five-time All-Star and a first-team All-NBA selection during the 1970s.