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.