Pete Maravich is arguably the greatest college basketball player ever. He wasn’t too shabby in the NBA, either.
In three years at LSU, where he played for his father, Maravich racked up 3,667 career points, an NCAA record that still stands 53 years later. Known as “Pistol Pete,” his college numbers are even more impressive knowing he played without a three-point line or a shot clock.
Maravich was the third overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played four seasons with the Hawks before they traded him to the expansion New Orleans Jazz. Maravich played 10 seasons in the NBA and was an All-Star in five of them. He led the NBA in scoring during the 1976-77 season when he averaged 31.1 points.
- Birthday: June 22, 1947
- Died: Jan. 5, 1988
- Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
- Listed height: 6-foot-5
- Listed weight: 197 pounds
- High school: Daniel (Central, South Carolina), Broughton (Raleigh, North Carolina)
- College: LSU (1967-70)
- NBA draft: Round 1, Pick No. 3 by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1970 NBA Draft
- NBA team: Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans/Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics
- NBA position: Guard
- NBA number: Nos. 7, 44
- NBA playing career: 1970-80