1972-73 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1973

NBA Champion: New York Knicks

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

NBA Finals MVP: Willis Reed (New York Knicks)

Main players: Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Willis Reed (New York Knicks), Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich (Los Angeles Lakers).

Best players for the 1972-73 season

Regular Season MVP: Dave Cowens (Boston Celtics).

All-NBA first team: Nate Archibald (Kansas City-Omaha Kings), Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers), John Havlicek (Boston Celtics), Spencer Haywood (Seattle SuperSonics), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks).

All-NBA second team: Walt Frazier (New York Knicks), Pete Maravich (Atlanta Hawks), Rick Barry (Golden State Warriors), Dave Cowens (Boston Celtics), Elvin Hayes (Baltimore Bullets).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsNate ArchibaldPGKansas City-Omaha Kings34.0
ReboundsWilt ChamberlainCLos Angeles Lakers18.6
AssistsNate ArchibaldPGKansas City-Omaha Kings11.4
EfficiencyKareem Abdul-JabbarCMilwaukee Bucks28.5

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1972-73 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar760.612.92/23.3255.4--/----4.32/6.0571.40.20.1------0.4
Nate Archibald800.612.85/26.3348.8--/----8.29/9.7984.70.00.1------0.4
Wilt Chamberlain820.55.20/7.1572.7--/----2.83/5.5551.00.20.1------0.2
Spencer Haywood770.511.55/24.2647.6--/----6.14/7.3283.90.20.0------0.4
Bob Lanier810.510.00/20.4249.0--/----3.79/4.9077.30.20.0------0.3
Dave Cowens820.59.02/19.9645.2--/----2.49/3.2077.80.20.0------0.3
Nate Thurmond790.56.54/14.6744.6--/----3.99/5.5671.80.20.0------0.2
Sidney Wicks800.59.51/21.0545.2--/----4.80/6.6472.30.10.1------0.3
Wes Unseld790.55.33/10.8149.3--/----1.89/2.6870.50.20.1------0.2
Bob Kauffman770.56.95/13.7550.5--/----3.64/4.6678.10.10.1------0.2

Best defensive players for the 1972-73 season

All-Defensive first team: Walt Frazier (New York Knicks), Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers), 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), Mike Riordan (Baltimore Bullets), Paul Silas (Phoenix Suns), Nate Thurmond (Golden State Warriors).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1972-73 season

Rookie of the Year: Bob McAdoo (Buffalo Braves).

All-Rookies first team: Fred Boyd (Philadelphia 76ers), Jim Price (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Davis (Cleveland Cavaliers), Bob McAdoo (Buffalo Braves), Lloyd Neal (Portland Trail Blazers).

1973 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Nate ArchibaldPGKansas City-Omaha Kings
Jerry WestPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Gail GoodrichPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Dave BingSGDetroit Pistons
Charlie ScottSGPhoenix Suns
Bob DandridgeSF/SGMilwaukee Bucks
Bob LoveSFChicago Bulls
Rick Barry*SFGolden State Warriors
Chet WalkerSF/PFChicago Bulls
Nate ThurmondPF/CGolden State Warriors
Sidney WicksPF/CPortland Trail Blazers
Connie HawkinsPF/CPhoenix Suns
Spencer HaywoodPF/CSeattle SuperSonics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*CMilwaukee Bucks
Wilt ChamberlainCLos Angeles Lakers
Bob LanierCDetroit Pistons

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Walt FrazierPGNew York Knicks
Lenny WilkensPGCleveland Cavaliers
Jo Jo WhitePG/SGBoston Celtics
Pete MaravichSG/PGAtlanta Hawks
Lou HudsonSG/SFAtlanta Hawks
Jack MarinSF/SGHouston Rockets
Bill BradleySF/SGNew York Knicks
John HavlicekSF/SGBoston Celtics
Dave DeBusscherePFNew York Knicks
Bob KauffmanPF/CBuffalo Braves
John BlockPF/CPhiladelphia 76ers
Dave CowensC/PFBoston Celtics
Wes UnseldC/PFBaltimore Bullets
Elvin HayesC/PFBaltimore Bullets

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Dave Cowens (Boston Celtics).