22.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.5 BLK, 50 FG%, 75 FT%
“There are no second acts in American lives, F. Scott Fitzgerald once observed. But the novelist couldn’t have anticipated the turbulent NBA career of Bob McAdoo.
The high-scoring, 6-9 center-forward’s 14-season tenure in the league began brilliantly. He garnered Rookie of the Year honors, three consecutive scoring championships, and an MVP Award, all in his first four years. Then his star slowly faded before unexpectedly reigniting through the first half of the 1980s. Even after that, at age 35, McAdoo wrote an unlikely ending to his career, playing another half-dozen years in Italy.
One of the best-shooting big men of all time, Robert Allen McAdoo Jr. won the first of his three scoring championships in only his second year in the NBA, 1973-74, the same year he led the league with a .547 field-goal percentage. Over 14 seasons McAdoo scored 18,787 points and averaged 22.1 points. A five-time NBA All-Star, he shot .503 from the field and .754 from the line, scoring in double figures in all but one season.
Yet, had McAdoo not found a second wind as a reserve for the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 1980s, history might have remembered him only fleetingly as a brilliant young scorer who couldn’t connect with a winner. Instead, McAdoo played a crucial supporting role in four straight NBA Finals, twice emerging with a championship ring.” [Read]
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