Pro Basketball History 1976-79 (Part 4)

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NET POINTS (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks minus missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers and fouls: total and per 48 minutes)

1976-77 NBA
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA 2856 (45.5)
Elvin Hayes, Washington 2176 (31.0)
Bob McAdoo, New York 2066 (35.4)
Larry Kenon, San Antonio 2058 (33.6)
Artis Gilmore, Chicago 2057 (34.3)
Julius Erving, Philadelphia 1989 (32.5)
Bill Walton, Portland 1954 (41.4)
Bob Lanier, Detroit 1948 (38.2)
Billy Knight, Indiana 1907 (29.4)
George McGinnis, Philadelphia 1850 (32.1)

1977-78 NBA
Bob McAdoo, New York 2067 (31.2)
Artis Gilmore, Chicago 2055 (32.2)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA 1950 (41.3)
Dave Cowens, Boston 1852 (27.7)
George Gervin, San Antonio 1789 (30.1)
Truck Robinson, New Orleans 1766 (23.3)
David Thompson, Denver 1751 (27.8)
Dan Issel, Denver 1736 (29.2)
Marques Johnson, Milwaukee 1709 (29.7)
Rick Barry, Golden State 1627 (25.8)

1978-79 NBA
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA 2544 (38.7)
Moses Malone, Houston 2450 (34.7)
Artis Gilmore, Chicago 2163 (31.8)
Marques Johnson, Milwaukee 1865 (32.2)
Larry Kenon, San Antonio 1807 (29.4)
George Gervin, San Antonio 1750 (29.1)
Rich Kelley, New Orleans 1744 (30.9)
Elvin Hayes, Washington 1706 (26.4)
Cedric Maxwell, Boston 1692 (27.4)
Paul Westphal, Phoenix 1614 (29.3)

TOP TEN 1976-79 (10 points for finishing first in net points, 9 for second, 8 for third, etc.)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 28
Artis Gilmore 23
Bob McAdoo 18
Larry Kenon 13
Elvin Hayes 12
George Gervin 11
Marques Johnson 9
Moses Malone 9
Dave Cowens 7
Julius Erving 5
Truck Robinson 5

Comment: the big men still dominate. The top three guys were centers as were Malone and Cowens. Kenon and Hayes were power forwards, as was Robinson. Gervin, Johnson and Erving were the first in the wave of wing players that would come to dominate the game from the 80’s on.

HISTORICAL TOP TEN after 1979 (cumulative ranking points, as described above)
Wilt Chamberlain 126
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 97
Dolph Schayes 93
Bill Russell 86
Bob Pettit 81
Oscar Robertson 76
George Mikan 72
Artis Gilmore 70
Bobby McDermott 65
Neil Johnston 61

Comment: the only changes were that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took second place and Leroy Edwards dropped off the list because Artis Gilmore joined it in the #8 spot. That left one pre-NBA player still on the list: Bobby McDermott at #9.
 
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