::"Pistol Pete" Maravich



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Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American professional basketball player of Serbian descent.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and raised in the Carolinas.<ref>http://www.anb.org/articles/19/19-00449.html</ref> Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University (LSU) and played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980. He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the three-point line and shot clock were introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules.<ref name=hoophall>Peter Maravich at Basketball Hall of Fame at the Wayback Machine (archived February 16, 2008)</ref> One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as "perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said "the best ball-handler of all time was Pete Maravich."<ref name="Havlicek">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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