Where 'Doctor J.' born


The original ABA was founded in 1967, competing with the well-established National Basketball Association, until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. According to The NBA Encyclopedia, its long-term goal was to force a merger with the more established league. ABA officials told potential owners that they could get an ABA team for half of what it cost to get an NBA expansion team at the time. When the merger occurred, ABA officials said, their investment would more than double.

Ultimately, four ABA teams were absorbed into the older league: the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs. Two other clubs, the Kentucky Colonels, and the Spirits of St. Louis, were disbanded upon the merger. A third, the Virginia Squires, had folded less than a month earlier, missing out on the opportunities that a merger might have provided.

The ABA distinguished itself from its older counterpart with a more wide-open, flashy style of offensive play, as well as differences in rules - a 30-second shot clock (as opposed to the NBA's 24-second clock, though the ABA did switch to the 24 second shot clock for the 1975-76 season) and use of a three-point field goal arc. Also, the ABA used a colorful red, white and blue ball, instead of the NBA's traditional orange ball. The ABA also had several "regional" franchises, such as the Virginia Squires and Carolina Cougars, that played "home" games in several cities.

The freewheeling style of the ABA eventually caught on with fans, but the lack of a national television contract and protracted financial losses would spell doom for the ABA as an independent circuit. In 1976, its last year of existence, the ABA pioneered the now-popular slam dunk contest at its all-star game in Denver.

One of the more significant long-term contributions of the ABA to professional basketball was to tap into markets in the southeast that had been collegiate basketball hotbeds (including North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky). The NBA was focused on the urban areas of the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast. At the time, it showed no interest in placing a team south of Washington, D.C.

(Source: Wikipedia)

 


ABA 1969-'70: 10 teams


Eastern Div. Standings
Western Div. Standings
The 1969-'70 Indiana Pacers ABA Champions
The 1969-'70 Indiana Pacers ABA Champions

The 1969-'70 ABA season was the third season of the American Basketball Association. Prior to the start of the season, the Minnesota Pipers moved back to Pittsburgh, the Oakland Oaks moved to Washington, DC and became the Washington Capitols and the Houston Mavericks moved to North Carolina and became the Carolina Cougars. The season ended with the Indiana Pacers capturing their first ABA Championship with Roger Brown and Mel Daniels to dominate the opponents.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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ABA 1973-‘74: 10 teams


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Teams 1973-1974 Record     Best Player
       
Eastern Division      
New York Nets   55-29   J. Erving (MVP)
Kentucky Colonels  53-31   A. Gilmore
Carolina Cougars  47-37   B. Cunningham
Virginia Squires 28-56   G. Gervin
Memphis Tams 21-63   G. Thompson
       
Western Division      
Utah Stars 51-33   W. Wise
Indiana Pacers 46-38   G. McGinnis
San Antonio Spurs 45-39   S. Nater
San Diego Conquistadors 37-47   C. Jones
Denver Rockets 37-47   R. Simpson

 

In 1973, Julius ("Dr. J") Erving came back to New York, his hometown, and kindled nationwide interest in the red, white and blue league. To many basketball fans, Erving's colorful highwire act with the Nets became the image of the ABA itself. During his three years with the team, Erving won the ABA MVP Award three times. The Nets won the ABA title two out of those three years. In 1973-'74 season, the Nets had the explosive starting lineup of Erving and Kenon at forward, Paultz at center, and Taylor and Williamson at guard. The team struggled early in the season, starting out 4-10 and enduring a nine-game losing streak. But as soon as the Nets learned to play with each other (and Williamson permanently entered the starting lineup), they became a force. The rest of the season, they went 51-19, earning first place in the Eastern Division. With Erving leading the way, the Nets steamrolled through the ABA Playoffs, losing only 2 games (one to Virginia and one to Utah) on their way to the ABA Championship.

(Source: Remember the ABA site)

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