Thursday, April 28, 2016

Top NBA Playoff Performers of the 1970's


Continuing our series of top playoff performers through NBA history we now present the 1970's.  

From a team perspective the '70s provided a nice variety of champions.  The NBA crowned eight different teams as champs during the decade with only the Knicks and Celtics winning twice.  This was a nice change of pace as the Boston Celtics had just collected ten rings in the previous eleven seasons.

On an individual basis two guys accounted for six of the league playoff leading scoring totals during the decade, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Frazier.


Top NBA Playoff Performers of the 1970's 
ranked by NET Points   


Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 MIL 10 63 35
Jerry West 1970 LAL 18 51 31
Wilt Chamberlain 1970 LAL 18 21 22






Walt Frazier 1971 NYK 12 34 23
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1971 MIL 14 33 27
Jon McGlocklin 1971 MIL 14 25 15
Walt Bellamy 1971 ATL 5 22 21
Happy Hairston 1971 LAL 12 18 17






Walt Frazier 1972 NYK 16 57 24
Jerry Lucas 1972 NYK 16 28 19
Don Nelson 1972 BOS 11 25 13
Wilt Chamberlain 1972 LAL 15 24 15
Steve Kuberski 1972 BOS 11 24 12







Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Walt Frazier 1973 NYK 17 40 22
Earl Monroe 1973 NYK 16 26 16
Wilt Chamberlain 1973 LAL 17 18 10






Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1974 MIL 16 73 32
Chet Walker 1974 CHI 11 36 21
John Havlicek 1974 BOS 18 32 27
Walt Frazier 1974 NYK 12 23 23






Rudy Tomjanovich 1975 HOU 8 35 23
Don Nelson 1975 BOS 11 34 15
Phil Chenier 1975 WSB 17 32 24
Chet Walker 1975 CHI 13 31 18
Wes Unseld 1975 WSB 17 25 11






Bob Lanier 1976 DET 9 41 26
Paul Westphal 1976 PHO 19 37 21
Phil Smith 1976 GSW 13 32 24
Tom Burleson 1976 SEA 6 30 21
Don Nelson 1976 BOS 18 26 9







Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1977 LAL 11 86 35
Julius Erving 1977 PHI 19 69 27
Doug Collins 1977 PHI 19 65 22
Bob Gross 1977 POR 19 58 14
Maurice Lucas 1977 POR 19 43 21
Dave Twardzik 1977 POR 14 34 11






Steve Mix 1978 PHI 10 35 14
Marques Johnson 1978 MIL 9 35 24
George Gervin 1978 SAS 6 32 33
Bobby Jones 1978 DEN 13 30 13
Alex English 1978 MIL 9 29 13






George Gervin 1979 SAS 14 59 29
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1979 LAL 8 49 29
Walter Davis 1979 PHO 15 46 22
Adrian Dantley 1979 LAL 8 29 18
Julius Erving 1979 PHI 9 28 25






Italics indicates annual leader

Bold indicates decade record

*Thanks to the Basketball-Reference Play Index

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Top NBA Playoff Performers
of the 1960's