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1. LeBron James (1970)
2. Kevin Garnett (1961)
3. Tim Duncan (1955)
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  Tale of the Tape
  John Drew Maurice Lucas
Pos F-G F-C
Height 6-6 6-9
Weight 205 215
Draft 1974 (25th) 1974 (14th)
Debut Oct 18, 1974 Oct 23, 1976
Years 11 12
All-Star 2 4
All-NBA 0 1 (0/1/0)
All-Def 0 2 (1/1)
MVP 0 0
Champ 0 1
HoF No No
Adjusted Win Shares*
(Best → Worst)
Rk John Drew Maurice Lucas
1 10.6 8.7
2 8.9 7.4
3 8.9 7.1
4 7.9 6.4
5 7.1 6.2
6 6.4 5.8
7 5.5 4.0
8 5.4 3.5
9 4.5 2.5
10 3.0 2.4
11 0.7 2.4
12 2.3
Wt Sum** 56.3 47.0

* Adjusted for schedule length
** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …

  Regular Season
  John Drew Maurice Lucas
G 739 855
MP 21828 24787
PTS 15291 12339
TRB 5088 7520
AST 1224 1987
STL 1004 639
BLK 193 538
TOV 1402 1810
 Per Game
MP 29.5 29.0
PTS 20.7 14.4
TRB 6.9 8.8
AST 1.7 2.3
STL 1.4 0.7
BLK 0.3 0.6
TOV 2.7 2.3
 Shooting
FG% .470 .473
3P% .175 .111
eFG% .471 .473
FT% .748 .763
TS% .538 .523
 Advanced
PER 20.7 16.3
TRB% 12.3 16.8
AST% 9.4 11.4
STL% 2.2 1.2
BLK% 0.5 1.2
TOV% 12.7 15.0
USG% 30.8 22.1
ORtg 107 104
DRtg 102 102
OWS 45.0 24.8
DWS 23.9 33.9
WS 68.9 58.7
WS/48 .152 .114

123 ≡ incomplete data

  Playoffs
  John Drew Maurice Lucas
G 29 82
MP 735 2426
PTS 405 1159
TRB 140 690
AST 24 225
STL 21 71
BLK 5 46
TOV 48 107
 Per Game
MP 25.3 29.6
PTS 14.0 14.1
TRB 4.8 8.4
AST 0.8 2.7
STL 0.7 0.9
BLK 0.2 0.6
TOV 1.7 1.7
 Shooting
FG% .431 .484
3P% .000
eFG% .431 .484
FT% .725 .744
TS% .491 .526
 Advanced
PER 14.8 16.2
TRB% 10.3 15.9
AST% 5.5 13.3
STL% 1.4 1.4
BLK% 0.4 1.1
TOV% 10.4 12.6
USG% 26.7 20.8
ORtg 102 105
DRtg 108 103
OWS 0.6 2.4
DWS 0.5 3.4
WS 1.1 5.8
WS/48 .070 .115

123 ≡ incomplete data