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1973-74 ABA Season Summary

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League Champion: New York Nets

Most Valuable Player: Julius Erving (27.4/10.7/5.2)
Rookie of the Year: Swen Nater (14.1/12.6/1.6)

PPG Leader: Julius Erving (27.4)
RPG Leader: Artis Gilmore (18.3)
APG Leader: Al Smith (8.1)
WS Leader: Julius Erving (16.5)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Team W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Eastern Division              
New York Nets* 55 29 .655 109.4 104.0 4.80
Kentucky Colonels* 53 31 .631 2.0 107.4 103.3 3.71
Carolina Cougars* 47 37 .560 8.0 110.5 107.0 3.10
Virginia Squires* 28 56 .333 27.0 106.3 111.3 -4.38
Memphis Tams 21 63 .250 34.0 101.2 108.2 -6.17
Western Division              
Utah Stars* 51 33 .607 105.1 104.7 0.28
Indiana Pacers* 46 38 .548 5.0 105.8 105.0 0.68
San Antonio Spurs* 45 39 .536 6.0 97.6 96.7 0.74
San Diego Conquistadors* 37 47 .440 14.0 113.2 115.7 -2.28
Denver Rockets* 37 47 .440 14.0 107.0 107.5 -0.49

League Playoffs

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

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 San Diego Conquistadors* 84 20285 3907 8829 .443 216 736 .293 3691 8093 .456 1476 1960 .753 1432 2738 4170 1984 697 516 1320 1642 9506 113.2
2 Carolina Cougars* 84 20360 3714 7659 .485 25 140 .179 3689 7519 .491 1825 2447 .746 1362 2465 3827 2027 1005 317 1644 2275 9278 110.5
3 New York Nets* 84 20285 3855 8038 .480 81 256 .316 3774 7782 .485 1397 1852 .754 1334 2772 4106 2025 828 568 1612 1979 9188 109.4
4 Kentucky Colonels* 84 20235 3681 8075 .456 97 349 .278 3584 7726 .464 1565 2092 .748 1483 2934 4417 2104 644 470 1474 1771 9024 107.4
5 Denver Rockets* 84 20285 3553 8042 .442 107 325 .329 3446 7717 .447 1776 2271 .782 1455 2697 4152 2004 595 408 1477 2079 8989 107.0
6 Virginia Squires* 84 20260 3426 7581 .452 74 282 .262 3352 7299 .459 2007 2612 .768 1343 2621 3964 1665 704 375 1713 2167 8933 106.3
7 Indiana Pacers* 84 20360 3546 7886 .450 171 543 .315 3375 7343 .460 1625 2242 .725 1474 2896 4370 1825 735 459 1554 1926 8888 105.8
8 Utah Stars* 84 20310 3584 7422 .483 94 346 .272 3490 7076 .493 1566 1985 .789 1153 2641 3794 1870 705 352 1428 1940 8828 105.1
9 Memphis Tams 84 20260 3446 7507 .459 79 294 .269 3367 7213 .467 1532 2023 .757 1403 2621 4024 1920 623 341 1507 2082 8503 101.2
10 San Antonio Spurs* 84 20360 3343 7347 .455 51 241 .212 3292 7106 .463 1462 1878 .778 1236 2645 3881 1808 600 225 1326 2197 8199 97.6
League Average 84 20300 3606 7839 .460 100 351 .283 3506 7487 .468 1623 2136 .760 1368 2703 4071 1923 714 403 1506 2006 8934 106.4

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 San Antonio Spurs* 84 20360 3149 6964 .452 107 372 .288 3042 6592 .461 1721 2268 .759 1054 2557 3611 1764 601 409 1383 1970 8126 96.7
2 Kentucky Colonels* 84 20235 3576 8003 .447 104 354 .294 3472 7649 .454 1419 1879 .755 1407 2797 4204 1742 709 317 1462 1967 8675 103.3
3 New York Nets* 84 20285 3476 7809 .445 110 387 .284 3366 7422 .454 1677 2261 .742 1418 2698 4116 1858 739 329 1701 1839 8739 104.0
4 Utah Stars* 84 20310 3578 7756 .461 140 449 .312 3438 7307 .471 1502 1951 .770 1432 2599 4031 1836 634 267 1373 1918 8798 104.7
5 Indiana Pacers* 84 20360 3606 8069 .447 80 332 .241 3526 7737 .456 1524 2031 .750 1468 2788 4256 1853 652 447 1473 2036 8816 105.0
6 Carolina Cougars* 84 20360 3557 7529 .472 86 334 .257 3471 7195 .482 1787 2338 .764 1363 2514 3877 1811 752 424 1829 2110 8987 107.0
7 Denver Rockets* 84 20285 3670 7842 .468 105 362 .290 3565 7480 .477 1587 2094 .758 1237 2718 3955 2321 760 548 1417 2072 9032 107.5
8 Memphis Tams 84 20260 3598 7581 .475 75 258 .291 3523 7323 .481 1821 2392 .761 1256 2527 3783 1949 799 403 1390 2000 9092 108.2
9 Virginia Squires* 84 20260 3724 8010 .465 100 310 .323 3624 7700 .471 1804 2345 .769 1444 2678 4122 1881 766 475 1537 2197 9352 111.3
10 San Diego Conquistadors* 84 20285 4121 8823 .467 88 354 .249 4033 8469 .476 1389 1803 .770 1596 3154 4750 2217 724 412 1490 1949 9719 115.7
League Average 84 20300 3606 7839 .460 100 351 .283 3506 7487 .468 1623 2136 .760 1368 2703 4071 1923 714 403 1506 2006 8934 106.4

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 New York Nets* 23.4 56 28 5.35 -0.59 4.80 103.5 98.4 105.0 .230 .032 .485 15.4 33.1 .174 .452 16.2 66.2 .215 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2 Kentucky Colonels* 25.6 53 31 4.15 -0.45 3.71 103.5 99.5 103.4 .259 .043 .462 14.1 34.6 .194 .453 14.2 67.6 .177 Freedom Hall
3 Carolina Cougars* 27.5 51 33 3.46 -0.37 3.10 105.6 102.3 103.6 .319 .018 .487 15.8 35.1 .238 .478 17.6 64.4 .237 Greensboro Coliseum
4 San Antonio Spurs* 24.6 45 39 0.87 -0.13 0.74 101.7 100.8 95.0 .256 .033 .458 14.0 32.6 .199 .460 14.8 71.5 .247 HemisFair Arena
5 Indiana Pacers* 26.8 44 40 0.86 -0.13 0.68 101.7 100.9 103.0 .284 .069 .460 14.9 34.6 .206 .452 14.1 66.4 .189 Indiana State Fair Coliseum
6 Utah Stars* 27.8 43 41 0.36 -0.08 0.28 105.6 105.2 98.8 .267 .047 .489 14.7 30.7 .211 .470 13.7 64.8 .194 Salt Palace
7 Denver Rockets* 25.5 41 43 -0.51 0.03 -0.49 103.1 103.5 103.2 .282 .040 .448 14.0 34.9 .221 .475 13.9 68.6 .202 Denver Auditorium Arena
8 San Diego Conquistadors* 25.1 36 48 -2.54 0.26 -2.28 102.9 105.2 109.3 .222 .083 .455 12.0 31.2 .167 .472 13.4 63.2 .157 Golden Hall
9 Virginia Squires* 26.4 29 55 -4.99 0.61 -4.38 100.9 105.6 104.9 .345 .037 .457 16.4 33.4 .265 .471 14.5 64.5 .225 Norfolk Scope
10 Memphis Tams 25.0 24 60 -7.01 0.85 -6.17 101.1 108.1 99.6 .269 .039 .464 15.2 35.7 .204 .480 13.9 67.6 .240 Mid-South Coliseum
League Average 25.7 42 42 0.00 0.00 0.00 103.0 103.0 102.6 .273 .045 .466 14.6 33.6 .207 .466 14.6 66.4 .207

Minutes Played

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 3502
2. Julius Erving*-NYA 3398
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 3347
4. Willie Wise-UTS 3292
5. George McGinnis-INA 3266

Field Goals

1. Julius Erving*-NYA 914
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 829
3. George McGinnis-INA 789
4. Stew Johnson-SDA 716
5. Willie Wise-UTS 714

Field Goal Attempts

1. Julius Erving*-NYA 1785
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 1726
  Bo Lamar-SDA 1726
4. George McGinnis-INA 1686
5. Stew Johnson-SDA 1668

3-Pt Field Goals

1. Bo Lamar-SDA 69
2. Billy Shepherd-SDA 65
3. Stew Johnson-SDA 59
4. Roger Brown*-INA 56
5. Glen Combs-TOT 52

3-Pt Field Goal Attempts

1. Bo Lamar-SDA 247
2. Billy Shepherd-SDA 202
3. Stew Johnson-SDA 190
4. Roger Brown*-INA 155
5. Glen Combs-TOT 147

Free Throws

1. Mack Calvin-CAR 490
2. George McGinnis-INA 488
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 457
4. Julius Erving*-NYA 454
5. George Thompson-MMT 410

Free Throw Attempts

1. George McGinnis-INA 715
2. Julius Erving*-NYA 593
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 581
4. Mack Calvin-CAR 560
5. George Thompson-MMT 519

Offensive Rebounds

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 478
2. George McGinnis-INA 422
3. Larry Kenon-NYA 375
4. Dan Issel*-KEN 346
5. Caldwell Jones-SDA 322

Defensive Rebounds

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 1060
2. George McGinnis-INA 775
3. Caldwell Jones-SDA 773
4. Swen Nater-TOT 712
5. Mel Daniels*-INA 655

Total Rebounds

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 1538
2. George McGinnis-INA 1197
3. Caldwell Jones-SDA 1095
4. Swen Nater-TOT 998
5. Larry Kenon-NYA 962

Assists

1. Al Smith-DNR 619
2. Chuck Williams-TOT 557
3. Louie Dampier-KEN 473
4. Julius Erving*-NYA 434
5. Jimmy Jones-UTS 429

Steals

1. Ted McClain-CAR 250
2. Fatty Taylor-VIR 215
3. Julius Erving*-NYA 190
4. Joe Caldwell-CAR 170
5. Mike Gale-TOT 167

Blocks

1. Caldwell Jones-SDA 316
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 287
3. Julius Erving*-NYA 204
4. Darnell Hillman-INA 177
5. Julius Keye-DNR 149

Turnovers

1. George McGinnis-INA 393
2. Julius Erving*-NYA 341
3. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 319
4. Ron Boone-UTS 316
5. Fatty Taylor-VIR 279

Personal Fouls

1. Jim Chones-CAR 347
2. Ted McClain-CAR 326
3. George McGinnis-INA 325
4. Caldwell Jones-SDA 319
5. George Carter-VIR 308
  Tom Owens-CAR 308

Points

1. Julius Erving*-NYA 2299
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 2118
3. George McGinnis-INA 2071
4. Willie Wise-UTS 1826
5. George Gervin*-TOT 1730

Field Goal Pct

1. Swen Nater-TOT .552
2. Jimmy Jones-UTS .550
3. Tom Owens-CAR .527
4. Jim Chones-CAR .526
5. Travis Grant-SDA .524

3-Pt Field Goal Pct

1. Louie Dampier-KEN .387
2. Bill Keller-INA .382
3. Warren Jabali-DNR .366
4. Roger Brown*-INA .361
5. Glen Combs-TOT .354

Free Throw Pct

1. Jimmy Jones-UTS .884
2. Mack Calvin-CAR .875
3. Ron Boone-UTS .875
4. Stew Johnson-SDA .847
5. George Carter-VIR .841

Minutes Per Game

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 41.7
2. George McGinnis-INA 40.8
3. Julius Erving*-NYA 40.5
4. Dan Issel*-KEN 40.3
5. Willie Wise-UTS 40.1

Points Per Game

1. Julius Erving*-NYA 27.4
2. George McGinnis-INA 25.9
3. Dan Issel*-KEN 25.5
4. George Gervin*-TOT 23.4
5. Willie Wise-UTS 22.3

Rebounds Per Game

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 18.3
2. George McGinnis-INA 15.0
3. Caldwell Jones-SDA 13.9
4. Swen Nater-TOT 12.6
5. Mel Daniels*-INA 11.6

Assists Per Game

1. Al Smith-DNR 8.1
2. Chuck Williams-TOT 6.2
3. Louie Dampier-KEN 5.6
4. Fatty Taylor-VIR 5.2
5. Jimmy Jones-UTS 5.2

Steals Per Game

1. Ted McClain-CAR 3.0
2. Fatty Taylor-VIR 2.7
3. Julius Erving*-NYA 2.3
4. Joe Caldwell-CAR 2.2
5. Mike Gale-TOT 2.1

Blocks Per Game

1. Caldwell Jones-SDA 4.0
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 3.4
3. Julius Erving*-NYA 2.4
4. Darnell Hillman-INA 2.1
5. Billy Paultz-NYA 1.9

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Julius Erving*-NYA 25.7
2. George Gervin*-TOT 21.7
3. George McGinnis-INA 21.5
4. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 20.7
5. Dan Issel*-KEN 20.7

True Shooting Pct

1. Jimmy Jones-UTS .594
2. Jim Eakins-VIR .587
3. Swen Nater-TOT .582
4. Tom Owens-CAR .574
5. Zelmo Beaty-UTS .569

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Swen Nater-TOT .552
2. Jimmy Jones-UTS .550
3. Tom Owens-CAR .528
4. Jim Chones-CAR .526
5. Travis Grant-SDA .525

Offensive Rebound Pct

1. Tom Owens-CAR 13.8
2. Mike Green-DNR 13.3
3. Charles Edge-MMT 13.2
4. Larry Kenon-NYA 13.0
5. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 12.9

Defensive Rebound Pct

1. Swen Nater-TOT 32.5
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 28.2
3. Caldwell Jones-SDA 24.7
4. Randy Denton-MMT 24.6
5. Mel Daniels*-INA 24.1

Total Rebound Pct

1. Swen Nater-TOT 22.6
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 20.6
3. Randy Denton-MMT 18.2
4. Mike Green-DNR 17.7
5. George McGinnis-INA 17.3

Assist Pct

1. Al Smith-DNR 34.0
2. Warren Jabali-DNR 28.8
3. Billy Shepherd-SDA 25.2
4. Chuck Williams-TOT 24.1
5. Louie Dampier-KEN 22.8

Steal Pct

1. Ted McClain-CAR 4.5
2. Don Buse-INA 3.6
3. Fatty Taylor-VIR 3.5
4. Wendell Ladner-TOT 3.2
5. Mike Gale-TOT 3.1

Block Pct

1. Caldwell Jones-SDA 5.2
2. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 4.3
3. Mike Green-DNR 4.1
4. Darnell Hillman-INA 4.0
5. Julius Erving*-NYA 3.3

Turnover Pct

1. Stew Johnson-SDA 7.1
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 7.9
3. Dave Robisch-DNR 8.3
4. Byron Beck-DNR 8.6
5. Bo Lamar-SDA 8.9

Usage Pct

1. Bird Averitt-SAA 30.0
2. George Gervin*-TOT 29.9
3. Ralph Simpson-DNR 29.4
4. George McGinnis-INA 28.6
5. Johnny Neumann-TOT 28.3

Offensive Rating

1. Dave Robisch-DNR 116.3
2. Zelmo Beaty-UTS 115.5
3. Byron Beck-DNR 114.1
4. Tom Owens-CAR 113.8
5. Dan Issel*-KEN 113.8

Defensive Rating

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 93.2
2. Julius Erving*-NYA 94.2
3. Wendell Ladner-TOT 94.4
4. Billy Paultz-NYA 96.1
5. George McGinnis-INA 96.5

Offensive Win Shares

1. Dan Issel*-KEN 9.5
2. Julius Erving*-NYA 9.2
3. Willie Wise-UTS 8.0
4. George Thompson-MMT 6.9
5. Jimmy Jones-UTS 6.8

Defensive Win Shares

1. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 7.9
2. Julius Erving*-NYA 7.2
3. George McGinnis-INA 6.0
4. Billy Paultz-NYA 4.9
5. Larry Kenon-NYA 4.7

Win Shares

1. Julius Erving*-NYA 16.5
2. Dan Issel*-KEN 13.8
3. Artis Gilmore*-KEN 12.7
4. Willie Wise-UTS 10.5
5. George McGinnis-INA 10.1

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Julius Erving*-NYA .233
2. Dan Issel*-KEN .197
3. Dave Robisch-DNR .176
4. Swen Nater-TOT .176
5. Artis Gilmore*-KEN .174