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1973-74 NBA Season Summary

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (27.0/14.5/4.8)
Rookie of the Year: Ernie DiGregorio (15.2/2.7/8.2)

PPG Leader: Bob McAdoo (30.6)
RPG Leader: Elvin Hayes (18.1)
APG Leader: Ernie DiGregorio (8.2)
WS Leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (18.4)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*) ▪ Click conference name for conference standings
Eastern Conference W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Atlantic Division              
Boston Celtics(1) 56 26 .683 109.0 105.1 3.42
New York Knicks(3) 49 33 .598 7.0 101.3 98.5 2.42
Buffalo Braves(4) 42 40 .512 14.0 111.6 111.8 -0.19
Philadelphia 76ers (8) 25 57 .305 31.0 101.2 107.5 -5.94
Central Division              
Capital Bullets(2) 47 35 .573 101.9 100.4 1.19
Atlanta Hawks (5) 35 47 .427 12.0 108.6 110.0 -1.47
Houston Rockets (6) 32 50 .390 15.0 107.4 107.6 -0.34
Cleveland Cavaliers (7) 29 53 .354 18.0 100.3 104.6 -4.16
Western Conference W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Midwest Division              
Milwaukee Bucks(1) 59 23 .720 107.1 99.0 7.61
Chicago Bulls(3) 54 28 .659 5.0 102.0 98.7 3.20
Detroit Pistons(4) 52 30 .634 7.0 104.4 100.3 4.02
Kansas City-Omaha Kings (7) 33 49 .402 26.0 102.0 105.8 -3.24
Pacific Division              
Los Angeles Lakers(2) 47 35 .573 109.2 108.3 0.85
Golden State Warriors (5) 44 38 .537 3.0 109.9 107.3 2.42
Seattle SuperSonics (6) 36 46 .439 11.0 107.0 109.5 -2.29
Phoenix Suns (8) 30 52 .366 17.0 107.9 111.5 -3.20
Portland Trail Blazers (9) 27 55 .329 20.0 106.8 111.6 -4.30

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-3): Boston Celtics over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-1): Boston Celtics over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-0): Milwaukee Bucks over Chicago Bulls (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Buffalo Braves (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): New York Knicks over Capital Bullets (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-3): Chicago Bulls over Detroit Pistons (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-1): Milwaukee Bucks over Los Angeles Lakers (Series Stats)

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 Buffalo Braves* 82 19830 3728 7763 .480 3728 7763 .480 1699 2221 .765 1150 2830 3980 2165 786 600 1828 1875 9155 111.6
2 Golden State Warriors 82 19705 3721 8020 .464 3721 8020 .464 1569 2018 .778 1379 3035 4414 1989 668 450 1667 1893 9011 109.9
3 Los Angeles Lakers* 82 19755 3536 7803 .453 3536 7803 .453 1879 2443 .769 1365 2970 4335 2179 794 653 1913 2032 8951 109.2
4 Boston Celtics* 82 19780 3630 7969 .456 3630 7969 .456 1677 2097 .800 1378 3074 4452 2187 561 305 1796 1868 8937 109.0
5 Atlanta Hawks 82 19755 3602 7744 .465 3602 7744 .465 1703 2264 .752 1240 2712 3952 1993 758 332 1823 2073 8907 108.6
6 Phoenix Suns 82 19755 3555 7726 .460 3555 7726 .460 1737 2235 .777 1090 2723 3813 2052 658 305 1666 2123 8847 107.9
7 Houston Rockets 82 19855 3564 7426 .480 3564 7426 .480 1682 2071 .812 1063 2588 3651 2212 727 407 1681 2104 8810 107.4
8 Milwaukee Bucks* 82 19755 3726 7571 .492 3726 7571 .492 1328 1741 .763 1133 2881 4014 2225 726 519 1694 1864 8780 107.1
9 Seattle SuperSonics 82 19755 3584 8056 .445 3584 8056 .445 1606 2095 .767 1323 2706 4029 2106 689 294 1622 2074 8774 107.0
10 Portland Trail Blazers 82 19730 3585 7684 .467 3585 7684 .467 1591 2112 .753 1254 2598 3852 2106 797 341 1823 2050 8761 106.8
11 Detroit Pistons* 82 19755 3453 7515 .459 3453 7515 .459 1654 2164 .764 1200 2681 3881 1956 793 419 1763 1930 8560 104.4
12 Chicago Bulls* 82 19780 3292 7378 .446 3292 7378 .446 1784 2314 .771 1143 2616 3759 1868 764 316 1690 1874 8368 102.0
13 Kansas City-Omaha Kings 82 19705 3369 7342 .459 3369 7342 .459 1628 2104 .774 1112 2554 3666 1744 796 384 1791 1916 8366 102.0
14 Capital Bullets* 82 19730 3480 7886 .441 3480 7886 .441 1393 1869 .745 1286 2887 4173 1770 703 441 1568 1746 8353 101.9
15 New York Knicks* 82 19780 3478 7483 .465 3478 7483 .465 1350 1738 .777 959 2725 3684 1937 554 277 1463 1884 8306 101.3
16 Philadelphia 76ers 82 19730 3331 7702 .432 3331 7702 .432 1633 2118 .771 1182 2626 3808 1799 756 220 1665 1964 8295 101.2
17 Cleveland Cavaliers 82 19755 3420 7782 .439 3420 7782 .439 1381 1788 .772 1275 2492 3767 2048 598 293 1545 1925 8221 100.3
League Average 82 19759 3533 7697 .459 3533 7697 .459 1606 2082 .771 1208 2747 3955 2020 713 386 1706 1953 8671 105.7

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 New York Knicks* 82 19780 3292 7377 .446 3292 7377 .446 1496 1974 .758 1042 2790 3832 1580 479 348 1555 1792 8080 98.5
2 Chicago Bulls* 82 19780 3336 7246 .460 3336 7246 .460 1425 1847 .772 1136 2734 3870 1830 614 406 1880 2200 8097 98.7
3 Milwaukee Bucks* 82 19755 3311 7799 .425 3311 7799 .425 1499 1969 .761 1269 2487 3756 1909 719 312 1554 1707 8121 99.0
4 Detroit Pistons* 82 19755 3376 7499 .450 3376 7499 .450 1475 1932 .763 1173 2632 3805 1980 772 410 1822 1996 8227 100.3
5 Capital Bullets* 82 19730 3496 7760 .451 3496 7760 .451 1239 1639 .756 1206 2915 4121 1900 651 350 1651 1840 8231 100.4
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 82 19755 3440 7342 .469 3440 7342 .469 1696 2163 .784 1137 2802 3939 2120 630 343 1654 1853 8576 104.6
7 Boston Celtics* 82 19780 3561 8047 .443 3561 8047 .443 1494 1936 .772 1131 2604 3735 1934 540 309 1599 1858 8616 105.1
8 Kansas City-Omaha Kings 82 19705 3580 7514 .476 3580 7514 .476 1512 1950 .775 1210 2650 3860 1916 723 373 1765 1907 8672 105.8
9 Golden State Warriors 82 19705 3619 7995 .453 3619 7995 .453 1563 2054 .761 1227 2702 3929 2027 714 465 1477 1826 8801 107.3
10 Philadelphia 76ers 82 19730 3600 7685 .468 3600 7685 .468 1617 2066 .783 1311 3107 4418 1930 755 446 1830 1991 8817 107.5
11 Houston Rockets 82 19855 3551 7433 .478 3551 7433 .478 1719 2337 .736 1162 2619 3781 2122 707 375 1737 1994 8821 107.6
12 Los Angeles Lakers* 82 19755 3667 8364 .438 3667 8364 .438 1546 2044 .756 1525 2786 4311 2061 797 430 1719 2135 8880 108.3
13 Seattle SuperSonics 82 19755 3554 7675 .463 3554 7675 .463 1875 2427 .773 1173 2932 4105 2255 730 355 1796 2012 8983 109.5
14 Atlanta Hawks 82 19755 3573 7628 .468 3573 7628 .468 1878 2386 .787 1142 2754 3896 2028 823 388 1846 2128 9024 110.0
15 Phoenix Suns 82 19755 3648 7809 .467 3648 7809 .467 1843 2356 .782 1220 2773 3993 2180 810 396 1637 2003 9139 111.5
16 Portland Trail Blazers 82 19730 3664 7571 .484 3664 7571 .484 1825 2299 .794 1197 2678 3875 2308 866 415 1713 1961 9153 111.6
17 Buffalo Braves* 82 19830 3786 8106 .467 3786 8106 .467 1592 2013 .791 1271 2733 4004 2256 798 435 1763 1992 9164 111.8
League Average 82 19759 3533 7697 .459 3533 7697 .459 1606 2082 .771 1208 2747 3955 2020 713 386 1706 1953 8671 105.7

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 Milwaukee Bucks* 27.3 61 21 8.04 -0.42 7.61 101.2 93.6 105.4 .230 .492 16.9 31.3 .175 .425 15.2 69.4 .192 Milwaukee Arena
2 Detroit Pistons* 26.2 52 30 4.06 -0.04 4.02 97.6 93.8 106.5 .288 .459 17.2 31.3 .220 .450 17.9 69.6 .197 Cobo Arena
3 Boston Celtics* 28.5 51 31 3.91 -0.49 3.42 98.6 95.1 110.0 .263 .456 16.8 34.6 .210 .443 15.2 73.1 .186 Boston Garden
4 Chicago Bulls* 28.7 50 32 3.30 -0.10 3.20 96.7 93.6 105.0 .314 .446 16.8 29.5 .242 .460 18.9 69.7 .197 Chicago Stadium
5 Golden State Warriors 28.4 48 34 2.56 -0.15 2.42 100.8 98.4 108.9 .252 .464 15.8 33.8 .196 .453 14.2 71.2 .195 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
6 New York Knicks* 28.5 49 33 2.76 -0.34 2.42 97.4 94.7 103.5 .232 .465 15.1 25.6 .180 .446 15.9 72.3 .203 Madison Square Garden (IV)
7 Capital Bullets* 26.4 45 37 1.49 -0.30 1.19 95.6 94.2 106.3 .237 .441 15.3 30.6 .177 .451 16.3 70.5 .160 Capital Centre
8 Los Angeles Lakers* 28.7 43 39 0.87 -0.02 0.85 97.4 96.6 111.7 .313 .453 17.7 32.9 .241 .438 15.7 66.1 .185 The Forum
9 Buffalo Braves* 24.4 41 41 -0.11 -0.08 -0.19 99.3 99.4 111.6 .286 .480 17.3 29.6 .219 .467 16.4 69.0 .196 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
10 Houston Rockets 25.4 41 41 -0.13 -0.20 -0.34 100.3 100.5 106.1 .279 .480 16.8 28.9 .227 .478 17.0 69.0 .231 Hofheinz Pavilion
11 Atlanta Hawks 27.1 37 45 -1.43 -0.04 -1.47 97.7 99.0 110.8 .292 .465 17.3 31.0 .220 .468 17.5 70.4 .246 Omni Coliseum
12 Seattle SuperSonics 26.0 34 48 -2.55 0.26 -2.29 96.8 99.1 110.2 .260 .445 15.3 31.1 .199 .463 17.0 69.8 .244 Seattle Center Coliseum
13 Phoenix Suns 26.2 32 50 -3.56 0.36 -3.20 98.1 101.3 109.6 .289 .460 16.1 28.2 .225 .467 15.6 69.1 .236 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
14 Kansas City-Omaha Kings 26.7 31 51 -3.73 0.49 -3.24 96.0 99.5 106.1 .287 .459 17.8 29.6 .222 .476 17.4 67.9 .201 Municipal Auditorium
15 Cleveland Cavaliers 26.5 29 53 -4.33 0.17 -4.16 96.0 100.1 104.1 .230 .439 15.3 31.3 .177 .469 16.6 68.7 .231 Cleveland Arena
16 Portland Trail Blazers 24.7 29 53 -4.78 0.48 -4.30 98.2 102.6 108.5 .275 .467 17.5 31.9 .207 .484 16.6 68.5 .241 Memorial Coliseum
17 Philadelphia 76ers 28.4 24 58 -6.37 0.42 -5.94 93.1 99.0 108.3 .275 .432 16.2 27.6 .212 .468 17.6 66.7 .210 The Spectrum
League Average 27.0 41 41 0.00 0.00 0.00 97.7 97.7 107.8 .270 .459 16.5 30.5 .209 .459 16.5 69.5 .209

Minutes Played

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 3602
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 3548
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 3352
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK 3338
5. Jim McMillian-BUF 3322

Field Goals

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 948
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 901
3. Pete Maravich*-ATL 819
4. Rick Barry*-GSW 796
5. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU 788

Field Goal Attempts

1. Pete Maravich*-ATL 1791
2. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 1773
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 1759
4. Bob Love-CHI 1752
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 1746

Free Throws

1. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 508
2. Pete Maravich*-ATL 469
3. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 459
4. Chet Walker*-CHI 439
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 417

Free Throw Attempts

1. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 588
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 579
3. Pete Maravich*-ATL 568
4. Chet Walker*-CHI 502
5. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 495

Offensive Rebounds

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 354
2. Happy Hairston-LAL 335
3. Paul Silas-BOS 334
4. Spencer Haywood-SEA 318
5. Steve Mix-PHI 305

Defensive Rebounds

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 1109
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 993
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 891
4. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 836
5. Bob Lanier*-DET 805

Total Rebounds

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 1463
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 1257
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 1178
4. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 1117
5. Bob Lanier*-DET 1074

Assists

1. Ernie DiGregorio-BUF 663
2. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 603
3. Dave Bing*-DET 555
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK 551
5. Norm Van Lier-CHI 548

Steals

1. Larry Steele-POR 217
2. Steve Mix-PHI 212
3. Randy Smith-BUF 203
4. Jerry Sloan*-CHI 183
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 169

Blocks

1. Elmore Smith-LAL 393
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 283
3. Bob Lanier*-DET 247
4. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 246
5. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 240

Personal Fouls

1. Kevin Porter-CAP 319
2. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 310
3. Elmore Smith-LAL 309
4. Steve Mix-PHI 305
5. Curtis Perry-MIL 301

Points

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 2261
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 2191
3. Pete Maravich*-ATL 2107
4. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 2076
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 2009

Field Goal Pct

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF .547
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL .539
3. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU .536
4. Calvin Murphy*-HOU .522
5. Butch Beard-GSW .512

Free Throw Pct

1. Ernie DiGregorio-BUF .902
2. Rick Barry*-GSW .899
3. Jeff Mullins-GSW .875
4. Chet Walker*-CHI .875
5. Bill Bradley*-NYK .874

Minutes Per Game

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 44.5
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 43.8
3. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 43.0
4. Dave Cowens*-BOS 41.9
5. Walt Frazier*-NYK 41.7

Points Per Game

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 30.6
2. Pete Maravich*-ATL 27.7
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 27.0
4. Gail Goodrich*-LAL 25.3
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 25.1

Rebounds Per Game

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 18.1
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 15.7
3. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 15.1
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 14.5
5. Happy Hairston-LAL 13.5

Assists Per Game

1. Ernie DiGregorio-BUF 8.2
2. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 7.4
3. Lenny Wilkens*-CLE 7.1
4. Walt Frazier*-NYK 6.9
5. Dave Bing*-DET 6.9

Steals Per Game

1. Larry Steele-POR 2.7
2. Steve Mix-PHI 2.6
3. Randy Smith-BUF 2.5
4. Jerry Sloan*-CHI 2.4
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 2.1

Blocks Per Game

1. Elmore Smith-LAL 4.9
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 3.5
3. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 3.3
4. Bob Lanier*-DET 3.0
5. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 3.0

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 24.7
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 24.4
3. Bob Lanier*-DET 23.9
4. Rick Barry*-GSW 22.4
5. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU 20.5

True Shooting Pct

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF .594
2. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU .587
3. Happy Hairston-LAL .583
4. Calvin Murphy*-HOU .573
5. Dick Van Arsdale-PHO .572

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF .547
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL .539
3. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU .536
4. Calvin Murphy*-HOU .522
5. Butch Beard-GSW .512

Offensive Rebound Pct

1. Paul Silas-BOS 12.8
2. Rick Roberson-POR 12.2
3. Happy Hairston-LAL 12.1
4. Zaid Abdul-Aziz-HOU 11.4
5. Steve Patterson-CLE 11.3

Defensive Rebound Pct

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 29.7
2. Zaid Abdul-Aziz-HOU 28.6
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 27.9
4. Clifford Ray-CHI 27.7
5. Bob Lanier*-DET 27.1

Total Rebound Pct

1. Zaid Abdul-Aziz-HOU 20.1
2. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 19.3
3. Clifford Ray-CHI 19.2
4. Dave Cowens*-BOS 18.1
5. Bob Lanier*-DET 18.1

Assist Pct

1. Lenny Wilkens*-CLE 30.9
2. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 30.9
3. Ernie DiGregorio-BUF 30.1
4. Kevin Porter-CAP 29.6
5. Norm Van Lier-CHI 28.0

Steal Pct

1. Larry Steele-POR 3.6
2. Chris Ford-DET 3.2
3. Randy Smith-BUF 3.2
4. Steve Mix-PHI 3.2
5. Jerry Sloan*-CHI 2.9

Block Pct

1. Elmore Smith-LAL 6.4
2. Bob Lanier*-DET 4.3
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 4.0
4. Gar Heard-BUF 3.9
5. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 3.8

Defensive Rating

1. Bob Lanier*-DET 88.0
2. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 88.6
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 88.8
4. Clifford Ray-CHI 89.1
5. Dave Cowens*-BOS 90.6

Offensive Win Shares

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 10.9
2. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU 10.8
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 10.6
4. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 7.9
5. Chet Walker*-CHI 7.4

Defensive Win Shares

1. Elvin Hayes*-CAP 8.1
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 7.9
3. Bob Lanier*-DET 7.1
4. Dave Cowens*-BOS 6.7
5. Clifford Ray-CHI 5.7

Win Shares

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL 18.4
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 15.3
3. Bob Lanier*-DET 14.4
4. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU 12.8
5. Walt Frazier*-NYK 10.9

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-MIL .250
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF .231
3. Bob Lanier*-DET .227
4. Chet Walker*-CHI .191
5. Rudy Tomjanovich-HOU .191