Pete Maravich, who lived from June 22, 1947 to January 5, 1988, was one of the best college and professional basketball players of all time. During his playing career, he was a member of five NBA All-Star teams, led the NBA in scoring during the 1977 season, and averaged 24.2 points during his professional basketball career.
Here are 10 cool facts about the legendary basketball player:
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The first interesting fact about Pete Maravich is that, even though he played for the LSU Tigers basketball team from 1967 to 1970, he still holds the record for most points in the history of NCAA Division I basketball. He scored 3,667 points when he was playing for the university, and averaged an outstanding 44.2 points per game.
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According to members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was “perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history.”
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Another cool fact about the late basketball player is that Hall of Fame basketball player John Havlicek has referred to him as “the best ball-handler of all time.”
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Two professional basketball teams have retired his number. They are the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans.
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His father coached for a number of college basketball teams. Some of the teams that he coached for are the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team, the NC State Wolfpack men’s basketball team, and the LSU Tigers basketball team. His father, of course, helped him become a talented basketball player at an early age.
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Another interesting fact about the late basketball player is that he was nicknamed “Pistol Pete,” because his shooting stance looked as if he was carrying a revolver.
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He started his college career off with a bang. In fact, he managed to score 50 points, collect 14 rebounds and total 11 assists against Southeastern Louisiana College.
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When he was attending LSU, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
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Maravich played professional basketball from 1970 to 1980. He played for three teams, including the previous two mentioned teams and the Boston Celtics. He averaged 24.2 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game.
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Sadly, the Hall of Fame basketball player passed away on January 5, 1988. He was 40-years-old when he died. The cause of death was a congenital defect of the heart.
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