1971-72 Basketball Season Roster
- Domination: Lakers win 33 straight, record 69 overall and NBA title
- By Any Name: Re-named Abdul-Jabbar #1 scorer, #3 rebounder for 63-win Bucks
- Star Power: All-timers West, Havlicek, Frazier, Cowens, Archibald shine
For great teams with great players, few NBA seasons can rival 1971-72. The Jerry West-Wilt Chamberlain Lakers had lost seven-game finals in both 1968-69 and 1969-70. This time, they left nothing to chance, winning an NBA-record 69 games that included a record-shattering 33 straight wins in mid-season. Then the Lakers went 12-3 in the playoffs, including four straight after losing Game 1 of the Finals to New York and Walt Frazier … Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, averaged 34.8 ppg and 16.6 rpg and his Milwaukee Bucks won 63 games … 56-win Boston had John Havlicek, who was third in scoring (27.5 ppg) and fifth in assists (7.5 apg), and Dave Cowens, who was fifth in rebounding (15.2 rpg) … Chicago won 57. Cincinnati had Nate Archibald, who was second in scoring (28.2 ppg) and third in assists (9.2 apg).
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