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Sixty Cool Pistol Pete Facts

Compiled by John Hareas, Andrew Pearson and Chad Sanders

  • Wore the word "Pistol" on the back of his jersey instead of his last name

     

  • Given the nickname "Pistol" based on his unique shooting motion, which began at his hip, like a gunman pulling a pistol from his holster

     

  • Was a pop culture icon with his mop-looking, Beatles-type hair cut and floppy socks

     

  • Hometown of Aliquippa, Penn., is also the original home of one-time surgeon general Jesse Steinfeld, National Football League Hall of Famers Mike Ditka and Tony Dorsett, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ty Law, and 2007 NFL first round draft-choice Darrelle Revis

     

  • Son of Press Maravich, former college coach and guard with the Youngstown Bears of the National Basketball League (1945-46) and the Pittsburgh Ironmen of the Basketball Association of America (1946-47). Pistol played three seasons at LSU under his father

     

  • Pete Maravich's death in 1988 was the inspiration behind Bob Dylan's 1991 song "Dignity"

     

  • Opponents remember that Maravich would laugh as he passed them on the basketball court

     

  • Magic Johnson admitted to Maravich's two sons that he borrowed the term "Showtime" from Maravich stating, "He was the real showtime."

     

  • NBA Showmen DVD Release: The spectacular guards -- The spontaneity, creativity, showmanship and open-court genius of Pistol was now available to the masses when the NBA Home Video of NBA Showmen was released in 1998. No longer were his highlights limited to the underground Pistol fantatics.

     

  • Owns every LSU record in points scored (3,667), scoring average (44.2), field goals attempted (3,166) and made (1,387), and free throws attempted (1,152), made (893), season (337) and consecutive (21)

    3 Was a three-time unanimous All-American in college ('68, '69, '70)

    3 Third overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 1970 NBA Draft (behind No. 1 Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons and No. 2 Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets)

    5 Five-time NBA All-Star

    7 His No. 7 jersey was retired by the Utah Jazz in 1985

    7 His No. 7 jersey was retired by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003

    11 Owns 11 NCAA records

    17 As a freshman as LSU, Pistol led the frosh team to a 17-1 record while the Varsity compiled a 3-23 mark

    20 Neighbors remember seeing Pete dribbling a basketball outside the passenger window of a moving car driving at 20 miles per hour

    23.2 Pistol scored 23.2 ppg in his rookie NBA season, good for ninth in the league, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team

    31.1 Led NBA in scoring in '76-77 with 31.1 ppg

    34 Owns 34 Southeastern Conference records

    43.8, 44.2 and 44.5Pistol's points per game averages in his LSU varsity seasons

    44.2 All time leading NCAA scorer with career average of 44.2 points per game (Pistol played college ball before the 3-point line was instituted)

    43.6 Maravich played for LSU's freshman team in 1966-67 and averaged 43.6 points per game

    50 50 or more points 28 times in college

    50 During his senior season he scored 50 or more points in 10 of LSU's 31 games, setting an NCAA record for most points (1,381) and highest scoring average in a single season (44.5)

    68 His 68 points against the Knicks are the highest total ever for a player who was disqualified from a contest. He fouled out in the waning minutes of the game on two questionable charge calls

    69 Set the mark (since broken) for most points scored against a Division I opponent with 69 against Alabama during his senior season

    500 At the age of 11, he once made 500 consecutive free throws

    1,000 First player to score 1,000 points in a single college season

    1970 NCAA Player of the Year in 1970

    1987 Was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in May 1987 at the age of 39, the youngest player ever inducted

    3,667 All time leading NCAA scorer (3,667 points) in only three seasons; NCAA rules at the time prohibited first-year students from playing at the varsity level

    $1.9 million Made NBA history by signing richest contract ever offered to a college player

     

  • Chose to sign with the Atlanta Hawks over the Carolina Cougars of the ABA

     

  • Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon while at LSU

     

  • Practiced yoga and Hinduism during his life

     

  • Became a born-again Christian

     

  • Took interest in ufology (the study of unidentified flying objects)

     

  • Was a vegetarian at one time

     

  • Film, "The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend", was released in 1991

     

  • Named on of the 50 Greatest NBA players in History in 1996

     

  • Scored a career high 68 points against the New York Knicks, a team featuring four Hall of Famers: Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Bob McAdoo, and Bill Bradley; Phil Jackson also on that team (HOF coach)

     

  • All-NBA First Team ('76, '77) - first Jazz player in team history to do so

     

  • All-NBA Second Team ('73, '78)

     

  • NBA All-Rookie Team

    24.2 Averaged 24.2 points per game during his 10-year NBA career

    15,948 Scored 15,948 points over his 10-year NBA career

     

  • Appeared in film, "Scoring", in 1980

     

  • Said to have bounced a ball throughout entire movies at the local theater

     

  • Won bets by spinning a ball on his fingers and knuckles continuously for an hour

     

  • Appeared on CBS's halftime H-O-R-S-E contests

     

  • Played his last season for the Celtics during Larry Bird's rookie season

     

  • The 1979-80 Celtics team featured four of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History -Tiny Archibald, Larry, Bird, Dave Cowens and Pistol Pete Maravich

     

  • The 3-point line was instituted in his final NBA season from which he would shoot 66.7 percent on 10-15 shooting.

     

  • Starred in college and high school under his father, Coach Press Maravich

     

  • Shares June 22 birthday with Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler

     

  • Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich was an Emmy Award-winning documentary that first aired on CBS during the 2001 Final Four

     

  • Pistol Pete's Homework Basketball Four Tape Series: Fans and players alike perfected their skills by watching this revolutionary instructional tape series with the Pistol leading the way in the following categories: Shooting (45 minutes), Passing (45 minutes), Ball Handling (60 minutes), Dribbling (60 minutes)

    Pistol Pete Quotes

    "There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life."

    "I lived my life one way for 35 years, for me. And then the focus came in on what I really was."

    "It's hard when your father's the coach. Sometimes you don't know where one leaves off and the other begins."

    "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."

    "I don't want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at 40." -- Maravich was 25 years old when he gave Pennsylvania reporter Andy Nuzzo that quote. Maravich died while playing 3-on-3 basketball in Pasadena, Calif., on January 5, 1988.

    Quotes About Pistol Pete

    "He was like a great singer with a style all his own, a pacing that was different, a flair for the unusual." - Chick Hearn

    "He [Pete] was an artist. His canvas was the basketball floor and his brush was the basketball." -- Paul Westphal

    "Jerry West was the best I ever played with. And Pete is the best I've ever seen." - Elgin Baylor

    "You were never quite sure what he was going to do with the ball in the open court. He had a thousand moves to either shoot it or pass it." -- Jack Ramsay, Hall of Fame Coach

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