ABA All-Time Team

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The ABA All-Time Team were chosen in 1997 on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the American Basketball Association (ABA) to comprise the thirty best and most influential players of the ABA during its ten years and nine full regular seasons of operation, with respect not only to performance at the professional level but in consideration of sportsmanship, team leadership, and contributions to the growth of the league basketball and irrespective of positions played; only players to have played at least a portion of their careers in the ABA were eligible for selection, although performance in other leagues, most notably the National Basketball Association was ostensibly considered. Selected and announced beside the all-time team were a most valuable player and top head coach.

The team, announced in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on August 23, 1997, in conjunction with an ABA reunion, was compiled based upon unranked voting undertaken by fifty selected panelists, amongst whom were members of the print and broadcast news media to have reported on and announced games for the ABA, former referees (ten), former team owners (six), former league executives (including two former commissioners), and selected fans and statisticians; former players, even those to have held other positions within the league, were proscribed from voting.

Players[edit]

Team[edit]

First team[edit]

*Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player

Of the thirty players elected to the first team, three served primarily as point guards during their ABA service, eight as shooting guards, five as small forwards, eight as power forwards, and six as centers. The franchises most represented were the Virginia Squires (having also competed as the Washington Capitals and Oakland Oaks), with eleven first team players' having played at least one game for one or more iterations of the franchise; Utah Stars (having also completed as the Los Angeles Stars and Anaheim Amigos), eight players; Indiana Pacers, seven players; San Antonio Spurs (having also competed as the Texas and Dallas Chaparrals), six players; Denver Nuggets (having also competed as the Denver Rockets), five players; and Spirits of St. Louis (having also competed as the Carolina Cougars and Houston Mavericks), five players.

Five players elected to the first team—Rick Barry, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, George Gervin, and Moses Malone—were named one year earlier to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list.

NamePositionTeam(s) played for (years)Championships wonAward(s) won[1]Year of Hall of Fame induction as playerVotes accrued [2]Ref.
Barnes, MarvinMarvin BarnesF/CSpirits of St. Louis (19741976)NoneRookie of the Year (1975)
All-Rookie First Team (1975)
All-ABA Second Team (1975)
None23[3]
Barry, RickRick BarryFOakland Oaks (1968–1969)
Washington Capitals (1969–1970)
New York Nets (19701972)
1969All-ABA First Team (19691972)198739[4]
Beaty, ZelmoZelmo BeatyCUtah Stars (19701974)1971Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award (1971)
All-ABA Second Team (19711972)
None42[5]
Boone, RonRon BooneG/FDallas Chaparrals (19681971[6])
Utah Stars (1970[7]–1977)
Spirits of St. Louis (1976–1977[8])
1971All-ABA First Team (1975)
All-ABA Second Team (1974)
None35[9]
Brown, RogerRoger BrownF/GIndiana Pacers (19671975)
Memphis Sounds (1974–1975[10])
Utah Stars (1974–1975)[10]
1970, 1972, 1973Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award (1970)
All-ABA First Team (1971)
All-ABA Second Team (1968, 1970)
201350[11]
Calvin, MackMack CalvinGLos Angeles Stars (1969–1970)
The Floridians (19701972)
Carolina Cougars (19721974)
Denver Nuggets (1974–1975)
Virginia Squires (1975–1976)
NoneAll-Rookie First Team (1970)
All-ABA First Team (1971, 19741975)
All-ABA Second Team (1973)
None41[12]
Carrier, DarelDarel CarrierGKentucky Colonels (19671972)
Memphis Tams (1972–1973)
NoneNoneNone24[13]
Cunningham, BillyBilly CunninghamF/CCarolina Cougars (19721974)NoneMost Valuable Player Award (1973)
All-ABA First Team (1973)
198636[14]
Dampier, LouieLouie DampierGKentucky Colonels (19671976)1975All-Rookie First Team (1968)
All-ABA Second Team (19671970, 1974)
None50[15]
Daniels, MelMel DanielsCMinnesota Muskies (1967–1968, 1974–1975)
Indiana Pacers (19681974)
1970, 1972, 1973Rookie of the Year (1968)
Most Valuable Player Award (1969, 1971)
All-ABA First Team (19681971)
All-ABA Second Team (1973)
201250[16]
Erving, JuliusJulius ErvingF/GVirginia Squires (19711973)
New York Nets (19731976)
1974, 1976Most Valuable Player Award (19741976)
Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award (1974, 1976)
All-ABA First Team (19731976)
All-ABA Second Team (1972)
All-Rookie First Team (1972)
All-Defensive First Team (1976)
199350[17]
Freeman, DonnieDonnie FreemanGMinnesota Muskies (1967–1968)
Miami Floridians (19681970)
Utah Stars (1970–1971)
Texas Chaparrals (1970[18]1972[6])
Indiana Pacers (19721974)
San Antonio Spurs (1974–1975)
1971, 1973All-ABA First Team (1972)
All-ABA Second Team (19691971)
None30[19]
Gervin, GeorgeGeorge GervinG/FVirginia Squires (19721974)
San Antonio Spurs (1973[20]1976)
NoneAll-ABA Second Team (19751976)199650[21]
Gilmore, ArtisArtis GilmoreCKentucky Colonels (19711976)1975Rookie of the Year (1972)
Most Valuable Player Award (1972)
All-ABA First Team (19721976)
All-Defensive First Team (19731976)
All-Rookie First Team (1972)
Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award (1975)
201150[22]
Hawkins, ConnieConnie HawkinsForwardPittsburgh Pipers (19671969[23])19681967-68 Most Valuable Player Award
1967-68 Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award
First team: 1967-68, 1968–69
Second team: None
199240
Haywood, SpencerSpencer HaywoodCDenver Rockets (1969–1970)None1969-70 Most Valuable Player Award
1969-70 Rookie of the Year
1969-70 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
First team: 1969-70
Second team: None
None34
Issel, DanDan IsselFKentucky Colonels (19701975)
Denver Nuggets (1975–1976)
19751970-71 Rookie of the Year
197172 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
First team: 1971-72
Second team: 1970-71, 197273, 197374, 1974–75
199350
Jabali, WarrenWarren JabaliGOakland Oaks (1968–1969)
Washington Capitals (1969–1970)
Indiana Pacers (1970–1971)
The Floridians (1971–1972)
Denver Rockets (19721974)
San Diego Conquistadors (1974–1975)
19691968-69 Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award
1968-69 Rookie of the Year
1972-73 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
First team: 1972-73
Second team: None
None24
Jones, JimmyJimmy JonesGNew Orleans Buccaneers (19671970)
Memphis Pros (1970–1971)
Utah Stars (19711974)
NoneFirst team: 196869, 197273, 1973–74
Second team: None
None27
Lewis, FreddieFreddie LewisGIndiana Pacers (19671974)
Memphis Sounds (1974–1975)
Spirits of St. Louis (1974–1975[24])
1970, 1972, 19731971-72 Playoffs Most Valuable Player
1974-75 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
None38
Lucas, MauriceMaurice LucasFSpirits of St. Louis (19741976)
Kentucky Colonels (1975–1976[25])
NoneNoneNone26
Malone, MosesMoses MaloneCUtah Stars (1974–1975)
Spirits of St. Louis (1975–1976)
NoneNone200130
McGinnis, GeorgeGeorge McGinnisFIndiana Pacers (19711975)1972, 19731972-73 Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award
1974-75 Most Valuable Player Award
First team: 197374, 1974–75
Second team: 1972-73
None44
Moe, DougDoug MoeFNew Orleans Buccaneers (1967–1968)
Oakland Oaks (1968–1969)
Carolina Cougars (1969–1970)
Virginia Squires (19701972)
1968-69First team: 1967-68
Second team: 1968-69
None35
Netolicky, BobBob NetolickyFIndiana Pacers (19671972, 1973[26]1976)
Dallas Chaparrals (1972–1973)
San Antonio Spurs (1973–1974)
1970, 1972First team: None
Second team: 1969-70
None35
Paultz, BillyBilly PaultzCNew York Nets (19701975)
San Antonio Spurs (1975–1976)
1974NoneNone30
Scott, CharlieCharlie ScottGVirginia Squires (19701972)None1970-71 Rookie of the Year
First team: 1970-71
Second team: 1971-72
None29
Silas, JamesJames SilasGDallas Chaparrals (1972–1973)
San Antonio Spurs (19731976)
NoneFirst team: 1975-76
Second team: 197475
None30
Thompson, DavidDavid ThompsonGDenver Nuggets (1975–1976)None1975-76 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
1975-76 Rookie of the Year
First team: None
Second team: 1975-76
199628
Wise, WillieWillie WiseFLos Angeles Stars (1969–1970)
Utah Stars (19701974)
Virginia Squires (19741976)
1971First team: None
Second team: 197172, 1973–74
Defensive team: 197273, 1973–74
None32

Others receiving votes[edit]

Ninety-eight players received at least one vote. In addition to those who were selected, twelve players earned votes from at least twenty-five percent (12.5) of voters:

PlayerPosition primarily playedABA team(s) played forAll-ABA honors won [1]Year of Hall of Fame induction as playerVotes accrued [2]
Billy KellerPoint guardIndiana Pacers (196970197576)NoneNone21
Larry BrownPoint guardNew Orleans Buccaneers (196768)
Oakland Oaks (196869)
Washington Capitals (196970)
Denver Rockets (197071)
Virginia Squires (197071[27]19711972)
First team: None
Second team: 1967-68
None19
Bobby JonesPower forwardDenver Nuggets (197475197576)First team: None
Second team: 1975-76
Defensive team: 1974-75, 1975–76
None19
John WilliamsonShooting guardNew York Nets (197374197576)NoneNone19
Steve JonesSmall forwardOakland Oaks {196768)
New Orleans Buccaneers (196869196970)
Memphis Pros (197071)
Dallas Chaparrals (197172197273)
Carolina Cougars (197273[28]19731974)
Denver Rockets (197374[29])
Spirits of St. Louis (19741975)
NoneNone18
Larry KenonPower forwardNew York Nets (197374197475)
San Antonio Spurs (197576)
NoneNone17
Ralph SimpsonShooting guardDenver Nuggets (197071197576)First team: 1975-76
Second team: 197172, 197273
None17
John BriskerSmall forwardPittsburgh Pipers (196970197172[30])First team: None
Second team: 197071
None16
Joe CaldwellShooting guardCarolina Cougars (197071197374)
Spirits of St. Louis (197475)
First team: None
Second team: 1970-71
Defensive team: 197273
None16
Billy KnightSmall forwardIndiana Pacers (197475197576)First team: 1975-76
Second team: None
None16
Caldwell JonesCenterSan Diego Conquistadors (197374197576[31])
Kentucky Colonels (1975–76[32])
Spirits of St. Louis {1975-76[32])
NoneNone14
Larry JonesShooting guardDenver Rockets (19671968196970)
The Floridians (197071197172)
Dallas Chaparrals (197273)
Utah Stars (1972–73[33])
First team: 1967-68, 196869, 1969–70None13

Most valuable player[edit]

Only four players received votes from the fifty panelists as the league's all-time most valuable player; small forward Julius Erving was the clear winner of the award.

PlayerABA team(s) played forVotes accrued [34]
Julius ErvingVirginia Squires (197172197273)
New York Nets (197374197576)
46
Mel DanielsMinnesota Muskies {196768, 197475)
Indiana Pacers (196869197374)
2
Artis GilmoreKentucky Colonels (197172197576)1
Connie HawkinsPittsburgh Pipers (196768196869[23])1

Coaches[edit]

Seven coaches received votes from the at least one of the 50 panelists; having claimed 34 of the available votes, Bobby "Slick" Leonard was the clear winner of the all-time best head coach award. Larry Brown, having received 16 votes for the players team, also received six votes in view of his coaching.

Each of four franchises was represented by two coaches: the Denver Nuggets (having also competed as the Denver Rockets), the Kentucky Colonels, the Memphis Sounds (having also competed as the Memphis Tams, Memphis Pros, and New Orleans Buccaneers), and the San Antonio Spurs (having also competed as the Texas and Dallas Chaparrals).

*Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach
CoachABA team(s) coachedOverall ABA regular season coaching record (winning percentage in parentheses)League championships won as coachLeague award(s) won as coachYear of Hall of Fame induction as coachVotes accrued [35]
Bobby "Slick" LeonardIndiana Pacers (196869197576)387 wins-270 losses (.589)196970, 197172, 197273NoneNone34
Larry BrownCarolina Cougars (197273197374)
Denver Nuggets (197475197576)
229 wins-107 losses (.682)None1972-73, 1974–75, 1975–76 Coach of the Year Awards20026
Hubie BrownKentucky Colonels (197475197576)104 wins-64 losses (.619)1974-75NoneNone[36]4
Babe McCarthyNew Orleans Buccaneers (196768196970)
Memphis Pros (197071197172)
Dallas Chaparrals (197273)
Kentucky Colonels (197374)
280 wins-284 losses (.496)None1973-74 Coach of the Year AwardNone2
Bill SharmanLos Angeles/Utah Stars (196869197071[37])133 wins-113 losses (.541)1970-71196970 Coach of the Year Award2004[38]2
Al BianchiWashington Capitals (196970)
Virginia Squires (197071197576)
230 wins-281 losses (.450)None1970-71 Coach of the Year AwardNone1
Bob BassDenver Rockets (196768196869)
The Floridians (197071197172)
Memphis Tams (197273)
San Antonio Spurs (197475197576)
251 wins-249 losses (.502)NoneNoneNone1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Voting undertaken by news media covering the ABA was used to compile, after each season, two teams, each comprising two forwards, two guards, and one center, with the first to be composed at the best players at their respective positions and the second to be composed of the next best players.
  2. ^ a b Inasmuch as the selection panel comprised fifty individuals, each of whom was permitted to select, at most, thirty former players, each player was eligible to receive as many as fifty votes; Brown, Dampier, Daniels, Erving, Gervin, Gilmore, and Issel, then, were unanimous selections.
  3. ^ "Marvin Barnes". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Rick Barry". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Zelmo Beaty". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b The Chaparrals franchise played as the Texas Chaparrals during the 197071 season and as the Dallas Chaparrals therebefore and thereafter.
  7. ^ Boone was traded during the 197071 season; he played 42 regular season games for the Chaparrals and 44 for the Stars.
  8. ^ Boone was traded during the 197677 season; he played 16 regular season games for the Stars and 62 for the Spirits
  9. ^ "Ron Boone". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Brown was twice traded during the 197475 season; he played 10 regular season games for the Pacers, seven games for the Sounds, and finally 39 for the Stars.
  11. ^ "Roger Brown". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Mack Calvin". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Darel Carrier". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Billy Cunningham". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Louie Dampier". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Mel Daniels". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 25 September 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Julius Erving". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  18. ^ Freeman was traded during the 197071 season; he played 42 regular season games for the Chaparrals and 24 for the Stars.
  19. ^ "Donnie Freeman". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  20. ^ Gervin was traded during the 197374 season; he played 49 regular season games for the Squires and 25 for the Spurs.
  21. ^ "George Gervin". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Artis Gilmore". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 25 September 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ a b The Pipers franchise played as the Minnesota Pipers after the 196768 season.
  24. ^ Lewis was traded during the 197475 season; he played six regular season games for the Sounds and then 63 for the Spirits.
  25. ^ Lucas was traded during the 197576 season; he played 28 regular season games for the Spirits and then 58 for the Colonels.
  26. ^ Netolicky was traded during the 197374 season; he played 19 regular season games for the Spurs and 56 games for the Pacers.
  27. ^ Brown was traded during the 197071 season; he played 29 regular season games for the Squires and 34 for the Rockets.
  28. ^ Jones was traded during the 197273 season; he played 13 regular season games for the Chaparrals and 67 for the Cougars.
  29. ^ Jones was traded during the 197374 season; he played 44 regular season games for the Cougars and 42 for the Rockets.
  30. ^ The Pipers franchise operated as the Pittsburgh Condors after the 196970 season.
  31. ^ The Conquistadors sports franchise operated after the 197576 season as the San Diego Sails.
  32. ^ a b Jones was traded twice during the 197576 season; he played 10 games for the Conquistadors/Sails, 15 games for the Colonels, and finally 51 games for the Spirits.
  33. ^ Jones was traded during the 197273 season; he played 53 games for the Chaparrals and 53 for the Stars.
  34. ^ Inasmuch as the selection panel comprised fifty individuals, each of whom was given one vote for the league's all-time most valuable player, a player earning unanimous approval would have received 50 votes.
  35. ^ Inasmuch as the selection panel comprised fifty individuals, each of whom was given one vote for the league's all-time best head coach, a coach earning unanimous approval would have received 50 votes.
  36. ^ Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 as a contributor.
  37. ^ The Stars franchise operated as the Utah Stars after the 196970 season.
  38. ^ Sharman was also inducted into the Naismith Hall in 1976 as a player for his NBA career.

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