The 1965-66 NBA Win Chart Page is up

As part of my quixotic attempt to attribute every win and loss in NBA history, I have completed and this morning I posted a Page charting the 1965-66 season.

I attempted to make the 1965-66 Page more appealing to the reader by adding logos used by the various franchises during the era.

There is no chronological sense to my work. I am analyzing seasons in scattershot order.

The 1965-66 season was the first of the three full seasons Wilt Chamberlain played for the Philadelphia 76ers. Wilt produced more value in those three seasons than any other NBA player provided for any other NBA team in a similar period of time. Wilt played amazingly efficient and productive basketball for the Sixers. Then the Sixers traded him to the Lakers for virtually nothing. I cannot understand some of the trades made by NBA franchises.

1965-66 was also the debut season for the star small forward and renowned asshole, Rick Barry. Barry produced the highest Value score among any of the NBA’s rookies that season, thus winning the MWS ROY.  Barry also won the actual ROY.  From the ’65-’66 season onward, Barry’s career resembled the experience of the prodigal son. After his rookie contract expired, Barry (and not the baseball player Curt Flood, as commonly believed), through his willingness to sacrifice an entire season of his career in order to be free from his obligations with the San Francisco Warriors, struck the first substantial blow in the battle that eventually eliminated the feudal “reserve clause” hegemony from the sports labor system and created the free agent system that prevails in North American sports leagues. 

After playing several seasons with different franchises in the American Basketball Association, Barry would eventually decide to put all the acrimony aside and return to the Warriors, where he would help them win their only NBA championship following the 1974-75 season.

In other developments, the powerful, but nevertheless second tier, St Louis Hawks played their final season in the Gateway City before relocating to Atlanta. The relocation ended a proud and colorful era in NBA history, an era nicely documented in picture and word in a fine book written by Greg Maracek.


8 Responses to “The 1965-66 NBA Win Chart Page is up”

  1. Chicago Tim Says:

    Wikipedia reports that “according to Dr. Jack Ramsay, who was the Sixers general manager [when Wilt was traded to L.A.], Chamberlain also threatened to jump to the ABA after Hannum left, and forced the trade himself.” In other words, the Sixers had to trade him or he would have gone to the ABA and they would have gotten nothing in return.

    • tywill33 Says:

      But how was Chamberlain’s situation improved by moving to Los Angeles? Did they offer to pay him more money? Or was he simply threatening to jump leagues because he did not like Philadelphia?

      Chamberlain, of course, was still subject to the reserve clause. Meaning, the Sixers would have controlled his rights for one year beyond his contract. In fact, that is why Wilt retired when he did. He intended to play in the ABA, but the Lakers either threatened to seek, or actually received, an injunction preventing him from doing so.

      In the end, Chamberlain simply coached in the ABA for one lousy season and then called it a day.

  2. Chicago Tim Says:

    Bailey Howell is new to me. Quite a player, apparently.

    • tywill33 Says:

      Myself as well. I had never heard of the guy, I am embarrassed to say.

      You know what though? There is actually some sort of organization out there that is trying to raise his profile as a great player. I’ll have to cite it.

      • jbrett Says:

        I’m not quite old enough to remember Howell, but I discovered him looking at drafts of the 50’s. I can hate Red Auerbach all I want, but the man had an eye for talent–and a knack for getting it from other teams at a bargain.

  3. jbrett Says:

    Always great to see each new season as you get them up. I see what you mean about the handful of stars who dominated the 60’s. Everyone else seems to be more variable in their performance.
    Curious–was Baylor more productive earlier in his career, before the injuries started to add up, or did his FG% keep him in the ‘overrated’ range all the time?

    • tywill33 Says:

      That is exactly correct. I am working on the 1960-61 season, and Baylor was a dominant player.

      • jbrett Says:

        Thanks for the info. Another surprise for me was how low Nate Thurmond rated at this point in his career. He was never really a shooter, but I thought his rebounding was more consistent. Is there a typical career arc in his case, or more inconsistency?

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