In nine wacky seasons, the American Basketball Association gave us run-and-gun offense, the second coming of the 3-point shot and plenty of entertainment, not to mention teenagers and really big hair, all wrapped in a red, white and blue ball.
If some of this sounds familiar, then it should. In many respects, the old ABA reflects what the modern NBA has become all these years later, a league of dunks and long-range bombs hoisted by a slew of mid-sized types and college-aged kids.
While the league wasn’t as skilled as the ABA cult likes to remember it — only two of its teams were close to NBA caliber in 1976, when the leagues merged — it wasn’t without star talent.
These are the best players, based on individual performance, contribution to team success, extended excellence and the eye test.
Note: Incomplete statistics are marked with asterisks. Only those who played more than two seasons were eligible. Our apologies, Marvin Barnes, Billy Cunningham, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Charlie Scott, Willie Somerset and David Thompson.