He was one of the most flamboyant, exciting and unconventional players ever to put on a uniform. In only three seasons at LSU, he set a slew of NCAA scoring records that still stand today, including most career points (3,667), highest points-per-game average (44.2), most field goals made (1,387) and most 50-point games (28), and he did it all without the benefit of the 3-point shot. His explosive play continued in the NBA, where he averaged 23.2 points a game as a rookie and played in four all-star games. Most of his glory came as a member of the New Orleans Jazz, back when the name made sense, including his finest year, the ’76-’77 campaign. That season, Pistol Pete won the scoring title, averaging 31.1 points per game, including 13 games with 40 or more, and one amazing game of 68 against the great Walt Frazier. Again, he did all this before the advent of the 3-point shot, in an era when his only advantage over the high-paid punks of today came at the free-throw line. During Pete’s entire pro career, shooting fouls drawn in the bonus situation were rewarded with the 3-to-make-2, the same little break that we’re offering here. Instead of two shots, period, like they get today, players were given three chances, just in case they screwed one up. Kinda nice, huh?
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