When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.
“Pistol” Pete Maravich, one of the most exciting players in basketball history, would’ve turned 65 on Friday. The LSU graduate remains the all-time leading scorer in Division 1 history with 3,367 points, an average of 44 points per game. He was also a five-time NBA all-star and a member of the league’s 50th anniversary team. (James Drake/SI) SI VAULT: Pete Maravich discusses life as college hoops’ top player (12.1.69)