5× NBA All-Star (1973–1974, 1977–1979) #7 Retired by the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans and the Utah Jazz
Pete Maravich’s nickname worked on so many levels. He first was called Pistol for his low and to-the-side shooting motion, but it then came to embody his gunslinger’s mentality on the court. Maravich seemed to play without a care in the world, never hesitating to make the razzle-dazzle play.
Maravich was a spectacular showman who helped open up the game of basketball in the 1970s. After a legendary college career at Louisiana State, he played 10 productive seasons in the NBA, earning five trips to the NBA All-Star Game and one league scoring title.
Maravich holds nearly every major NCAA scoring record, including most career points (3,667), highest career scoring average (44.2 ppg), most field goals made (1,387) and attempted (3,166), and most career 50-point games (28). And he accomplished all this without the benefit of the three-point basket, which wasn't introduced into the college game until the 1986-87 season.
Sometimes, looking for the highlight can be a detriment. Not for Maravich, who averaged over 24 points and almost 5.5 assists per game over his 11 seasons in the league.
And he even wore 'Pistol' on the back of his jersey. That gets a lot of kudos from me.