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1972-73 ABA Season Summary

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League Champion: Indiana Pacers

Most Valuable Player: Billy Cunningham (24.1/12.0/6.3)
Rookie of the Year: Brian Taylor (15.3/3.2/2.8)

PPG Leader: Julius Erving (31.9)
RPG Leader: Artis Gilmore (17.6)
APG Leader: Chuck Williams (7.0)
WS Leader: Artis Gilmore (18.5)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Eastern Division              
Carolina Cougars* 57 27 .679 115.6 110.7 4.26
Kentucky Colonels* 56 28 .667 1.0 111.9 105.5 5.62
Virginia Squires* 42 42 .500 15.0 114.1 114.4 -0.29
New York Nets* 30 54 .357 27.0 103.6 110.1 -5.81
Memphis Tams 24 60 .286 33.0 111.5 118.1 -6.06
Western Division              
Utah Stars* 55 29 .655 115.6 110.0 5.03
Indiana Pacers* 51 33 .607 4.0 114.7 112.5 1.97
Denver Rockets* 47 37 .560 8.0 109.4 106.3 2.80
San Diego Conquistadors* 30 54 .357 25.0 109.0 113.3 -3.72
Dallas Chaparrals 28 56 .333 27.0 110.7 115.1 -3.79

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-3): Indiana Pacers over Kentucky Colonels
 
Eastern Division Finals (4-3): Kentucky Colonels over Carolina Cougars
Western Division Finals (4-2): Indiana Pacers over Utah Stars
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (4-1): Carolina Cougars over New York Nets
Eastern Division Semifinals (4-1): Kentucky Colonels over Virginia Squires
Western Division Semifinals (4-1): Indiana Pacers over Denver Rockets
Western Division Semifinals (4-0): Utah Stars over San Diego Conquistadors

Team Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Carolina Cougars* 84 20160 3794 7657 .495 54 180 .300 3740 7477 .500 2065 2860 .722 1341 2604 3945 2089 1797 2394 9707 115.6
2 Utah Stars* 84 20260 3656 7499 .488 105 335 .313 3551 7164 .496 2291 2886 .794 1265 2891 4156 1963 1582 2240 9708 115.6
3 Indiana Pacers* 84 20360 3668 7948 .461 172 551 .312 3496 7397 .473 2123 2874 .739 1612 2941 4553 1860 1609 2056 9631 114.7
4 Virginia Squires* 84 19970 3722 7757 .480 40 186 .215 3682 7571 .486 2097 2785 .753 1411 2609 4020 2029 1819 2317 9581 114.1
5 Kentucky Colonels* 84 20160 3770 7900 .477 82 296 .277 3688 7604 .485 1779 2453 .725 1379 2784 4163 2287 1359 1976 9401 111.9
6 Memphis Tams 84 20285 3618 7758 .466 94 336 .280 3524 7422 .475 2038 2721 .749 1489 2700 4189 1943 1534 2340 9368 111.5
7 Dallas Chaparrals 84 20335 3500 7644 .458 145 440 .330 3355 7204 .466 2157 2861 .754 1399 2612 4011 1898 1509 2145 9302 110.7
8 Denver Rockets* 84 20045 3433 7501 .458 74 301 .246 3359 7200 .467 2253 2994 .753 1457 2668 4125 1936 1596 2237 9193 109.4
9 San Diego Conquistadors* 84 20285 3542 8009 .442 99 361 .274 3443 7648 .450 1970 2684 .734 1554 2512 4066 1934 1504 2139 9153 109.0
10 New York Nets* 84 20210 3400 7073 .481 49 174 .282 3351 6899 .486 1851 2513 .737 1161 2673 3834 1899 1696 2112 8700 103.6
League Average 84 20207 3610 7675 .470 91 316 .289 3519 7359 .478 2062 2763 .746 1407 2699 4106 1984 1601 2196 9374 111.6

Opponent Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Kentucky Colonels* 84 20160 3504 7563 .463 84 340 .247 3420 7223 .473 1768 2369 .746 1393 2884 4277 1865 1624 2055 8860 105.5
2 Denver Rockets* 84 20045 3397 7234 .470 93 329 .283 3304 6905 .478 2045 2736 .747 1156 2546 3702 2046 1540 2236 8932 106.3
3 Utah Stars* 84 20260 3528 7908 .446 103 391 .263 3425 7517 .456 2085 2791 .747 1466 2640 4106 1891 1493 2283 9244 110.0
4 New York Nets* 84 20210 3547 7611 .466 94 309 .304 3453 7302 .473 2057 2738 .751 1426 2685 4111 1894 1525 2044 9245 110.1
5 Carolina Cougars* 84 20160 3481 7325 .475 85 314 .271 3396 7011 .484 2249 2983 .754 1307 2583 3890 1783 1890 2219 9296 110.7
6 Indiana Pacers* 84 20360 3741 8207 .456 78 284 .275 3663 7923 .462 1891 2547 .742 1647 2697 4344 2033 1538 2255 9451 112.5
7 San Diego Conquistadors* 84 20285 3721 7782 .478 105 317 .331 3616 7465 .484 1966 2675 .735 1493 2759 4252 2150 1646 2197 9513 113.3
8 Virginia Squires* 84 19970 3638 7727 .471 88 319 .276 3550 7408 .479 2249 3031 .742 1523 2654 4177 1932 1832 2158 9613 114.4
9 Dallas Chaparrals 84 20335 3790 7646 .496 88 256 .344 3702 7390 .501 2001 2691 .744 1270 2749 4019 2197 1550 2300 9669 115.1
10 Memphis Tams 84 20285 3756 7743 .485 96 301 .319 3660 7442 .492 2313 3070 .753 1387 2797 4184 2047 1367 2209 9921 118.1
League Average 84 20207 3610 7675 .470 91 316 .289 3519 7359 .478 2062 2763 .746 1407 2699 4106 1984 1601 2196 9374 111.6

Miscellaneous Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team Age PW PL MOV SOS SRS ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA Arena Attendance
1 Kentucky Colonels* 25.4 58 26 6.44 -0.82 5.62 103.4 97.4 108.3 .311 .037 .482 13.1 32.3 .225 .469 15.9 66.7 .234 Freedom Hall
2 Utah Stars* 28.3 56 28 5.52 -0.58 5.03 104.8 99.8 109.7 .385 .045 .495 15.3 32.4 .306 .453 14.0 66.4 .264 Salt Palace
3 Carolina Cougars* 27.3 54 30 4.89 -0.64 4.26 106.3 101.8 108.7 .374 .024 .499 16.8 34.2 .270 .481 18.0 66.6 .307 Greensboro Coliseum
4 Denver Rockets* 24.8 50 34 3.11 -0.28 2.80 103.1 100.1 106.8 .399 .040 .463 15.3 36.4 .300 .476 15.4 69.8 .283 Denver Auditorium Arena
5 Indiana Pacers* 26.1 48 36 2.14 -0.18 1.97 100.7 98.8 112.7 .362 .069 .472 14.9 37.4 .267 .461 14.2 64.1 .230 Indiana State Fair Coliseum
6 Virginia Squires* 24.4 41 43 -0.38 -0.04 -0.29 102.4 102.7 112.5 .359 .024 .482 16.8 34.7 .270 .477 16.8 63.1 .291 Norfolk Scope
7 San Diego Conquistadors* 26.5 31 53 -4.29 0.57 -3.72 97.7 101.6 110.8 .335 .045 .448 14.1 36.0 .246 .485 15.5 62.7 .253 Peterson Gym
8 Dallas Chaparrals 25.7 31 53 -4.37 0.58 -3.79 101.1 105.1 108.6 .374 .058 .467 14.5 33.7 .282 .501 14.9 67.3 .262 Moody Coliseum
9 New York Nets* 25.1 25 59 -6.49 0.68 -5.81 98.8 105.0 104.5 .355 .025 .484 17.2 30.2 .262 .472 14.7 65.2 .270 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10 Memphis Tams 25.6 26 58 -6.58 0.71 -6.06 100.1 106.0 110.8 .351 .043 .472 14.6 34.7 .263 .491 13.1 66.1 .299 Mid-South Coliseum
League Average 26.0 42 42 0.00 0.00 0.00 101.8 101.8 109.3 .360 .041 .476 15.3 34.3 .269 .476 15.3 65.7 .269
Minutes Played
1. Dan Issel*-KEN 3531
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 3502
3. Bob Netolicky-DLC 3409
4. George McGinnis-INA 3347
5. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 3248
Field Goals
1. Dan Issel*-KEN 902
2. Julius Erving*-VIR 894
3. George McGinnis-INA 868
4. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 771
5. Stew Johnson-SDA 769
Field Goal Attempts
1. Julius Erving*-VIR 1804
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 1757
3. George McGinnis-INA 1755
4. Stew Johnson-SDA 1748
5. Ralph Simpson-DNR 1670
3-Pt Field Goals
1. Bill Keller-INA 71
2. Joe Hamilton-DLC 66
3. Louie Dampier-KEN 54
4. Glen Combs-UTS 51
5. Rich Jones-DLC 43
3-Pt Field Goal Attempts
1. Bill Keller-INA 222
2. Joe Hamilton-DLC 191
3. Louie Dampier-KEN 155
4. Warren Jabali-DNR 140
5. Glen Combs-UTS 134
Free Throws
1. George Thompson-MMT 549
2. George McGinnis-INA 517
3. Mack Calvin-CAR 500
4. Chuck Williams-SDA 493
5. Dan Issel*-KEN 485
Free Throw Attempts
1. George McGinnis-INA 778
2. George Thompson-MMT 700
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 635
4. Chuck Williams-SDA 623
5. Julius Erving*-VIR 612
Offensive Rebounds
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 449
2. George McGinnis-INA 434
3. Mel Daniels*-INA 348
4. Bob Netolicky-DLC 338
5. Dan Issel*-KEN 329
Defensive Rebounds
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 1027
2. Mel Daniels*-INA 899
3. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 772
4. Billy Paultz-NYA 736
5. Gerald Govan-UTS 620
Total Rebounds
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 1476
2. Mel Daniels*-INA 1247
3. George McGinnis-INA 1022
4. Billy Paultz-NYA 1015
5. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 1012
Assists
1. Chuck Williams-SDA 582
2. Warren Jabali-DNR 539
3. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 530
4. Louie Dampier-KEN 521
5. Al Smith-DNR 477
Steals
1. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 216
2. Fatty Taylor-VIR 210
3. Julius Erving*-VIR 181
4. Warren Jabali-DNR 175
5. Joe Caldwell-CAR 166
Blocks
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 259
2. Julius Keye-DNR 226
3. Billy Paultz-NYA 214
4. Mel Daniels*-INA 157
5. Gene Moore-SDA 149
Turnovers
1. George McGinnis-INA 401
2. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 381
3. Johnny Neumann-MMT 345
4. Julius Erving*-VIR 326
5. Warren Jabali-DNR 302
Personal Fouls
1. Gene Moore-SDA 369
2. George McGinnis-INA 348
3. Tom Owens-CAR 318
4. Mel Daniels*-INA 315
5. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 309
Points
1. Dan Issel*-KEN 2292
2. Julius Erving*-VIR 2268
3. George McGinnis-INA 2261
4. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 2028
5. Ralph Simpson-DNR 1890
Field Goal Pct
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN .559
2. Dan Issel*-KEN .513
3. Ron Boone-UTS .498
4. Julius Erving*-VIR .496
5. George McGinnis-INA .495
3-Pt Field Goal Pct
1. Simmie Hill-SDA .391
2. George Lehmann-MMT .388
3. Glen Combs-UTS .381
4. Roger Brown*-INA .356
5. Louie Dampier-KEN .348
Free Throw Pct
1. Bill Keller-INA .870
2. Ron Boone-UTS .866
3. Bob Warren-TOT .861
4. Bernie Williams-VIR .860
5. Mack Calvin-CAR .859
Minutes Per Game
1. Julius Erving*-VIR 42.2
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 42.0
3. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 41.7
4. George McGinnis-INA 40.8
5. Bob Netolicky-DLC 40.6
Points Per Game
1. Julius Erving*-VIR 31.9
2. George McGinnis-INA 27.6
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 27.3
4. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 24.1
5. Ralph Simpson-DNR 23.3
Rebounds Per Game
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 17.6
2. Mel Daniels*-INA 15.4
3. Billy Paultz-NYA 12.5
4. George McGinnis-INA 12.5
5. Julius Erving*-VIR 12.2
Assists Per Game
1. Chuck Williams-SDA 7.0
2. Warren Jabali-DNR 6.6
3. Louie Dampier-KEN 6.5
4. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 6.3
5. Johnny Neumann-MMT 5.9
Player Efficiency Rating
1. Julius Erving*-VIR 27.7
2. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 24.7
3. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 24.1
4. George McGinnis-INA 22.7
5. Dan Issel*-KEN 22.4
True Shooting Pct
1. Mack Calvin-CAR .611
2. James Silas-DLC .605
3. Jim Eakins-VIR .602
4. Artis Gilmore*-KEN .589
5. Jimmy Jones-UTS .587
Effective Field Goal Pct
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN .560
2. Dan Issel*-KEN .514
3. Ron Boone-UTS .503
4. Julius Erving*-VIR .497
5. George McGinnis-INA .497
Offensive Rebound Pct
1. Gene Moore-SDA 12.3
2. George McGinnis-INA 12.3
3. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 12.1
4. Randy Denton-MMT 11.8
5. Collis Jones-DLC 11.7
Defensive Rebound Pct
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 28.3
2. Billy Paultz-NYA 25.9
3. Mel Daniels*-INA 25.7
4. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 24.5
5. Randy Denton-MMT 24.5
Total Rebound Pct
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 20.1
2. Billy Paultz-NYA 18.4
3. Mel Daniels*-INA 18.4
4. Randy Denton-MMT 18.0
5. Gene Moore-SDA 17.2
Assist Pct
1. Bill Melchionni-NYA 35.8
2. Warren Jabali-DNR 28.3
3. Al Smith-DNR 28.2
4. Chuck Williams-SDA 26.5
5. Johnny Neumann-MMT 25.0
Turnover Pct
1. Stew Johnson-SDA 8.0
2. Lee Davis-MMT 9.1
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 9.6
4. Dave Robisch-DNR 10.1
5. Randy Denton-MMT 10.3
Usage Pct
1. Ralph Simpson-DNR 32.7
2. Julius Erving*-VIR 29.6
3. George McGinnis-INA 28.1
4. Stew Johnson-SDA 25.9
5. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 25.8
Offensive Win Shares
1. Dan Issel*-KEN 8.8
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 8.7
3. Mack Calvin-CAR 8.3
4. Ron Boone-UTS 7.0
5. Julius Erving*-VIR 6.8
Defensive Win Shares
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 9.8
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 6.9
3. Mel Daniels*-INA 5.8
4. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 5.4
5. Julius Keye-DNR 5.3
Win Shares
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 18.5
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 15.8
3. Billy Cunningham*-CAR 11.9
4. George McGinnis-INA 11.4
5. Warren Jabali-DNR 10.7
Win Shares Per 48 Minutes
1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN .253
2. Mack Calvin-CAR .224
3. Dan Issel*-KEN .214
4. Warren Jabali-DNR .187
5. Dave Robisch-DNR .184