1965-66 Basketball Season Roster


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1965-66 Basketball Season Roster


  • Hardway Eight: Though 2nd in East, Celtics capture eighth straight championship
  • Clash of the Titans: Fierce Russell-Chamberlain battles
  • Double-Double: Robertson, Lucas, Reed, Barry among 13 averaging a double-double

Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers came ever closer to unseating the Boston Celtics, but the Celtics won the last of their eight straight NBA championships with Bill Russell still at his rebounding (22.8 rpg) and shot-blocking best.

           

A furious regular-season finish (Philly won its final eight games while Boston won its final six) gave the Sixers a 55-25 record and the Eastern Division title by one game over the Celtics, who had won the division every year since Russell’s arrival in 1956.

           

Chamberlain led the league in scoring (33.5 ppg) and rebounding (24.6 rpg) while adding 5.2 assists per game. He had help from Hal Greer (22.7 ppg), Chet Walker and rookie Billy Cunningham, while Russell relied on teammates Sam Jones (23.2 ppg) and John Havlicek (18.8 ppg).

           

Thirteen players averaged a double-double this season and most of the names are legendary: Chamberlain and Russell; Oscar Robertson (31.3 ppg, 11.1 apg) and Jerry Lucas (21.5 ppg and 21.1 rpg) in Cincinnati; Walt Bellamy (23.2 ppg, 16 rpg) and Willis Reed (15.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg) in New York; rookie Rick Barry (25.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg) and Nate Thurmond (16.3 ppg, 18 rpg) in San Francisco; Gus Johnson (16.1 ppg, 13 rpg) in Baltimore; Dave DeBusschere (16.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg) and Ray Scott (20.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg) in Detroit; and Zelmo Beatty (20.7 ppg 13.7 rpg) and Bill Bridges (13 ppg, 12.2 rpg) in St. Louis.

           

Jerry West (31.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 6.1 apg) led the Los Angeles Lakers (45-35) to the Western Division title.

 

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