Basketball fans know all too well the image of Erving dunking from the foul line in the 1976 Dunk Contest. Forty-eight years ago Tuesday, the American Basketball Association made its debut. NBA & ABA Players Who Played For Virginia Stats shown are for the player's NBA & ABA career * indicates a Hall of Famer (f) includes freshman/JV team stats bold are active players 32 Players. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. The NBA does incredible outreach and its charity goes to truly worthy causes.

As a separate entity, it provided an eternal influence on the way the sport is played.

Eventually, he filed a lawsuit against the NBA and he won after no evidence was found of Hawkins' involvement in gambling. If this seems like a no-brainer for a multibillion-dollar corporation, it's because it is. Our guys are 85-to-90 percent Black," Netolicky said. Hell, how much longer am I going to be around?". If you are having difficulty accessing any content on this website, please visit our Accessibility page. The ABA was full of interesting ideas and personalities, such as the Slam Dunk Contest, Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, and a lot of enthusiastically colored uniforms. Rick Barry is the only player to lead the NCAA, the ABA and the NBA in scoring in a single season. Of course, we got down to seven teams in the last year so you were seeing everybody almost every other week.". The season is over, but work continues as teams do their part to expand voting access. Data Provided By Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Hoops Habit and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Some basketball icons never played in the NBA, but the legend of their greatness remains strong. He averaged 21.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his career. Plus, the league wouldn't be liable since the Foundation will take on all the legal and administrative work. 4. In addition to flair and panache, the ABA brought color — both literal and figurative — the NBA severely lacked. Of course with players like Dr. J and George Gervin, it would've been hard to contain such overwhelming talent. Cuomo lays out New York’s strategy to defeat the virus, South Korea continues flu vaccine after 48 deaths are deemed unconnected to the shot, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are designing a sneaker together, MTA’s new OMNY system lets rider get refunded for crummy NYC subway service, Mark Meadows cryptically accuses Biden of ‘waving white flag with white mask’ over COVID, Cops identify woman found dead dumped behind bush in Queens as L.I. 6. nurse practitioner, Woman stabbed, man shot in Financial District, Darryl Strawberry opens up about moving past baseball, Steve Cohen buying the Mets, his new life as a pastor ... and Donald Trump, Paramedic wearing ‘Just Deaf, Not Rude’ mask felt ‘very hurt’ by ignorant flight attendant, Pro, anti-Trump protesters clash in Times Square; demonstrators curse out Rudy Guiliani as he passes, We must prevent a great cultural depression, Doha airport personnel allegedly conducted invasive gynecological exams on female passengers after baby found in toilet, SEE IT: Crooks use gun to rob cellphone shop in Queens of phones, cash, Plenty of spook-tacular — and safe — haunted Halloween attractions across New York, New Jersey, Boy, 15, charged with murder for shooting death in Manhattan’s East Village, Tropical Storm Zeta expected to strengthen into hurricane before making landfall on Gulf Coast, SEE IT: Sharks swim below unwitting humans near Australian coast in shocking video, Man charged with egging cops during clash between pro- and anti-Trump protesters in Times Square. Normally, starting a pension fund requires big sums of money upfront. Index of Letters. After that season, Cunningham jumped from the NBA to the ABA with the Carolina Cougars. 2. The first player to go straight to the NBA from high school. Find out more. Averitt suffered his stroke recently but already languished through poor living conditions that led to a tragic accident. Your privacy is safe with us. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. 1. It's just good to have a foundation looking out for these ABA guys who helped build this league up, because a lot of them are suffering. I don't know why man. The NBA and ABA had entered merger talks as early as 1970, but an antitrust suit filed by the head of the NBA players union, Robertson v. National Basketball Ass'n, blocked the merger until 1976. "The NBA before 1965 had an unwritten law; maximum two Black players per team. Tyler Herro, Ja Morant and Zion Williamson are some of the first-year players who shined bright in Orlando. "LIKE" US HERE. Issel is another member of DDF's advisory board.

George Ervin was known as the "Iceman" and he was a three-time ABA All-Star shooting guard. The Iceman still lives in San Antonio and gives back to the community he joined over four decades ago through a charter school and low-income housing. "It sure wouldn't hurt them at all. At 6-foot-10, Moses Malone only played two seasons in the NBA before having a successful NBA career. 5. We're a 10-point underdog," Netolicky waxed. Gervin, known for his finger roll, played with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA after the merger.

Even their basketball was red, white, and blue. COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. While it can be refuted that a different league shouldn't be permitted the same benefits, anyone who's watched old footage or read Loose Balls knows the ABA shaped basketball as currently constituted. We're talking about the '70s.". Gilmore led the Colonels to the 1975 ABA championship and was a five-time All-Star. Founded in 1967, the American Basketball Association was formed mainly for the purpose of merging with the larger, more well-established NBA. Cuomo, grinning, says boyfriend he claimed to ‘like’ is ‘no longer with us’, NYC families unable to have kids log into online classes fear being reported to child services for truancy, Our new battle plan on the COVID war front: Gov.

Moses Malone passed away in September of 2015. With a 41% field goal percentage, Harding did not attempt one three-point shot in his entire career. Stan Van Gundy is tasked with taking Zion Williamson and the Pelicans to greater heights. The league only lasted for nine seasons before merging and effectively being dissolved by the NBA. In a time when light shines on racial injustice more than possibly ever before, a group consisting of 85 percent Black men should get what they were promised. Hawkins was originally not allowed to play in the NBA after he was accused of being a part of a point-shaving scandal in the 1960s.

The Clippers' collapse against the Nuggets in the West semifinals wasn't the only shocker in Orlando. Active players are listed in bold. While the league isn't legally bound to fulfill a deal signed during the Ford administration, it doesn't mean it shouldn't remedy the situation. Former Iowa State Players Who Played In The NBA * Including anyone currently in the NBA; NBA career stats since the 1946-1947 season. His Hall-of-Fame career spanned 15 seasons, six in the ABA and nine in the NBA, plus two separate coaching stints with the Nuggets. Connie Hawkins - Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers - 1967-1969.

Prospects LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton are on the rise in the latest Consensus Mock before next month's NBA Draft. Get access to first round games and extensive playoff coverage. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. Whether due to the nature of the backroom agreement or perhaps not having the right legal representation or the plans simply getting lost to the time, most players never saw a penny. Now 44 years later, whatever the pact guaranteed sits well outside the statute of limitations. He averaged 18.7 points and 15.1 rebounds per game, and is the all-time leader for rebounding. Gus Turner is a Deputy News Editor at Complex | @gusturner1. "There was a real comradery. Billy Cunningham was the 1973 ABA MVP after starting his career in the NBA with the 76ers. 2016 NBA Draft: Who Stood Out on Day 1 of NCAA Tournament? If we lost that night, they were folding the team the next day, done deal. In honor of the anniversary, here are the top 10 players who dominated the ABA. It's time for the league to resolve the situation.

Spencer Haywood - Denver Rockets - 1969-1970. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 4:30AM. the official stats partner of the NBA. Supporting players who paved the way for one of the most recognizable products worldwide would cost next to nothing (by NBA standards) and help correct a past injustice. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. FOLLOW THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ON TWITTER, 9. I think more fondly of my years in the ABA than I do over my years in the NBA," Dan Issel — the ABA's all-time leading scorer — said in an interview. Brief as the ABA’s existence may have been, we’d be remiss to ignore the legends who made it as great as it was. All rights reserved. "When the ABA came along in 1967, there was no prejudice. The ABA’s influence can be traced to a number of different factors, and said players were of the utmost importance to that notoriety. Gilmore was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Unfortunately, there's no shortage of sad stories with this group. Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Copyright © 2020 NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Suiting up for just two seasons with the Virginia Squires, Charlie Scott quickly switched over the NBA after growing dissatisfied with the ABA. Rick Barry holds the record for highest scoring average in any professional basketball league. Netolicky said. Who is the greatest player in ABA history? Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Week in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. That's the share of each game check it would take to fund the annual pensions of every surviving ABA player. His Hall-of-Fame career spanned 15 seasons, six in the ABA and nine in the NBA, plus two separate coaching stints with the Nuggets. Learn more about this year's prospects before the virtual NBA Draft takes place Nov. 18 on ESPN. George Gervin - Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs - 1972-1976. The Finals MVP was a frequent flyer during the Lakers' path to the championship. The ABA pioneered a majority Black league during a time when professional basketball was predominantly white. Moses Malone - Utah Stars, Spirits of St. Louis - 1974-1976. In the ABA, Billy Cunningham was one of the league's best players and an MVP. "The morning of the game, our owners had a meeting with bankruptcy attorneys. Connie Hawkins was the 1968 MVP and he won a championship in the same year. The center averaged 17.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Artis Gilmore is one of the most dynamic players in ABA history. Doc Rivers discusses why he chose the 76ers, the drive for another NBA championship and leading a team full of 'ballers.'.