1971-72 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1972

NBA Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals:  Los Angeles Lakers (W)  4  New York Knicks (E)  1

NBA Finals MVP: Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers)

Main players: Wilt Chamberlain, Happy Hairston, Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers), Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Dave DeBusschere (New York Knicks).

Best players for the 1971-72 season

Regular Season MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks).

All-NBA first team: Walt Frazier (New York Knicks), Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers), John Havlicek (Boston Celtics), Spencer Haywood (Seattle SuperSonics), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks).

All-NBA second team: Nate Archibald (Cincinnati Royals), Archie Clark (Baltimore Bullets), Bob Love (Chicago Bulls), Billy Cunningham (Philadelphia 76ers), Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsKareem Abdul-JabbarCMilwaukee Bucks34.8
ReboundsWilt ChamberlainCLos Angeles Lakers19.2
AssistsJerry WestPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers9.7
EfficiencyKareem Abdul-JabbarCMilwaukee Bucks29.9

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1971-72 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar810.514.31/24.9357.4--/----6.22/9.0468.80.20.1------0.4
Wilt Chamberlain820.56.05/9.3264.9--/----2.70/6.3942.30.20.0------0.2
Bob Lanier800.510.43/21.1349.4--/----4.85/6.3176.90.20.0------0.3
John Havlicek820.610.94/23.8745.8--/----5.59/6.7083.40.10.1------0.3
Billy Cunningham750.58.77/19.0446.1--/----5.71/8.0171.30.20.1------0.3
Nate Archibald760.69.66/19.8848.6--/----8.91/10.8482.20.00.1------0.4
Nate Thurmond780.68.05/18.6443.2--/----5.35/7.1974.40.20.0------0.3
Spencer Haywood730.69.82/21.3346.0--/----6.58/8.0381.90.20.0------0.4
Jerry West770.59.55/20.0047.8--/----6.69/8.2281.40.10.1------0.3
Wes Unseld760.55.38/10.8249.7--/----2.25/3.5862.80.20.0------0.2

Best defensive players for the 1971-72 season

All-Defensive first team: Walt Frazier (New York Knicks), Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers), Jerry Sloan (Chicago Bulls), John Havlicek (Boston Celtics), Dave DeBusschere (New York Knicks), Wilt Chamberlain (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-Defensive second team: Norm Van Lier (Chicago Bulls), Don Chaney (Boston Celtics), Bob Love (Chicago Bulls), Paul Silas (Phoenix Suns), Nate Thurmond (Golden State Warriors).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1971-72 season

Rookie of the Year: Sidney Wicks (Portland Trail Blazers).

All-Rookies first team: Phil Chenier (Baltimore Bullets), Austin Carr (Cleveland Cavaliers), Sidney Wicks (Portland Trail Blazers), Clifford Ray (Chicago Bulls), Elmore Smith (Buffalo Braves).

1972 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Oscar RobertsonPGMilwaukee Bucks
Jerry WestPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Gail GoodrichPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Jimmy WalkerSGDetroit Pistons
Cazzie RussellSF/SGGolden State Warriors
Bob LoveSFChicago Bulls
Paul SilasPF/SFPhoenix Suns
Connie HawkinsPF/CPhoenix Suns
Sidney WicksPF/CPortland Trail Blazers
Spencer HaywoodPF/CSeattle SuperSonics
Elvin HayesC/PFHouston Rockets
Bob LanierCDetroit Pistons
Wilt ChamberlainCLos Angeles Lakers
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCMilwaukee Bucks

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Walt FrazierPGNew York Knicks
Archie ClarkPG/SGBaltimore Bullets
Butch BeardPG/SGCleveland Cavaliers
Jo Jo WhitePG/SGBoston Celtics
Lou HudsonSG/SFAtlanta Hawks
Tom Van ArsdaleSG/SFCincinnati Royals
Jack MarinSF/SGBaltimore Bullets
John HavlicekSF/SGBoston Celtics
John JohnsonSFCleveland Cavaliers
Dave DeBusscherePFNew York Knicks
Billy CunninghamPF/CPhiladelphia 76ers
Bob KauffmanPF/CBuffalo Braves
Wes UnseldC/PFBaltimore Bullets
Dave CowensC/PFBoston Celtics

All-Star Game MVP: Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers).