1970s year-round team for the NBA as voted on by AP Sports employees who were directly involved in the season-long NBA At 75 series. The team members are:
The champion of the skyhook remains the leading goal scorer in NBA history. He won his first NBA title as Lew Alcindor with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971, before later that year changing his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as part of his conversion to Islam. He won the MVP award as Alcindor in 1971 and as Abdul-Jabbar in 1972, claiming to score titles both years. He won five of his six league MVP awards in the 1970s – two for the Bucks and three for the Los Angeles Lakers. His best statistical season was in 1971-72, where he averaged 34.8 points and 16.6 rebounds per game. He was a first or second team in the entire defense eight times in the decade. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
Barry was a versatile 6-foot-7 scoring machine. He was a skilled slasher with a potent jump shot, but he is perhaps best known for his underhand free throws. He led the league in free throw percentage for five of his last six seasons and retired as the most accurate penalty throw shooter in NBA history. In 1975, he was the NBA Finals MVP and led the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
WALT “CLYDE” FRAZIER
Frazier was perhaps as well known for his flashy clothes as he was for his game. But there was plenty of substance on the pitch. The elite floor general and perimeter defender led the New York Knicks to their only NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. He was an All-Star every year from 1970 to 1976 and was on the all-defensive first team every year from 1969 to 1975. He was 1975 All- Star Game MVP. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Havlicek won the last two of his eight NBA titles for the Boston Celtics in the 1970s. He was the NBA Finals MVP in 1974 when he led the Celtics past the Kareem Abdul-Jabbars Milwaukee Bucks. He was an All-NBA first-team pick every year from 1971 to 1974 and was the All-Defense first or second team seven times in the decade. In his best season, he averaged 28.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 1970-71. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. He died in 2019.
Hayes, a model for consistency, was an All-Star every year for the decade. The 6-9 power forward helped the Washington Bullets win the 1978 NBA title against the Seattle SuperSonics. He led the league in rebounding in 1970 and 1974. Known for his middle-class turnaround jumper, he averaged 21 points and 12.5 rebounds in his career. He is the 11th leading goal scorer and fourth leading rebounder in NBA history. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.