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Question of the day: Who should have won the 1976 MVP?

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 5, 2013 at 6:00 AM


I know I'm reaching in the way back machine. But I remember talking to someone about this a couple of years ago. In 1976 the best center in the game at the time, I guess you could argue he wasn't that season, but in 1976 Kareem walked away with the MVP trophy on a 40-42 Lakers team that missed the playoffs.

The MVP voting finished with Bob McAdoo at 2nd, and Boston's Dave Cowens 3rd. I think in hindsight Dave Cowens should have won the award. His Celtics finished with the 2nd best record in the NBA at 54-28 in 1976, and his numbers were not bad at all..Down below is the voting, with some of their stats. Until the 1979-10 season, the MVP was originally selected by a vote of NBA players. However, since the 1980-81 season, the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections.


So who would be your MVP?


Most Valuable Player


Voting
Per Game Shooting Advanced
Rank Player Age Tm First Pts Won Pts Max Share G MP PTS TRB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% WS WS/48
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 28 LAL 52.0 409.0 925 0.442 82 41.2 27.7 16.9 5.0 1.5 4.1 .529
.703 17.0 .242
2 Bob McAdoo 24 BUF 47.0 393.0 925 0.425 78 42.7 31.1 12.4 4.0 1.2 2.1 .487
.762 12.3 .178
3 Dave Cowens 27 BOS 48.0 378.0 925 0.409 78 39.8 19.0 16.0 4.2 1.2 0.9 .468
.756 10.7 .165
4 Rick Barry 31 GSW 20.0 201.0 925 0.217 81 38.5 21.0 6.1 6.1 2.5 0.3 .435
.923 9.6 .148
5 George McGinnis 25 PHI 4.0 80.0 925 0.086 77 38.3 23.0 12.6 4.7 2.6 0.5 .417
.740 8.5 .139
6 Dave Bing 32 WSB 2.0 35.0 925 0.038 82 35.9 16.2 2.9 6.0 1.4 0.3 .447
.787 6.3 .102
7 Phil Smith 23 GSW 2.0 25.0 925 0.027 82 34.1 20.0 4.6 4.4 1.3 0.2 .477
.788 9.4 .161
8 Elvin Hayes 30 WSB 1.0 17.0 925 0.018 80 37.2 19.8 11.0 1.5 1.3 2.5 .470
.628 8.1 .131
9T Jim Chones 26 CLE 2.0 13.0 925 0.014 82 33.4 15.8 9.0 2.0 0.5 1.1 .448
.662 6.0 .105

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3 Comments

Reply paul
9:52 AM on August 5, 2013 
The blocks are the eye-popping number there for Jabbar - 4 bpg. Impressive. And his other numbers are impressive too, of course. They always were, especially in the seventies, which were really his heyday. But you know, Cowens faced Jabbar at his best. He also faced Willis Reed, Chamberlain, Malone, Gilmore, McAdoo, Unseld and on and on. He took a back seat to none of them. Some had eye-popping numbers. Jabbar certainly did. McAdoo certainly did. But there is more to the game than that. To give Jabbar credit, he clearly stepped up his game when he went to LA. What Jabbar did in 1976 was similar to what Cowens did in 1978. Both guys tried their darndest to carry a doomed team, and I think the difference in their respective statistical achievements says it all about the difference between the two players. Cowens accomplished that rare feat of leading his team in every major statistical category. One guy who ruled the pivot like perhaps no other player before or since, and one guy who played all over the floor. I'd have given the hardware to Cowens in 1976. Two MVP awards - is that too many for Cowens? I don't think so. I think he is underrated today. Think about the fact that fans today, and writers, routinely rate Parish above Cowens. That's how ridiculous it's become. Parish was great, but he was the third of fourth best guy on his team. Cowens was the pillar the seventies Celtics were built around. Frankly, there's something slightly bizarre about a guy winning MVP for a season where his team missed the playoffs and finished below .500. It's the kind of MVP I could see Chris Paul winning, let's just say that...
Reply Greg
12:40 PM on August 5, 2013 
Even before his days on the Celtics,Parish wasn't better than Cowens, thanks again Shawn for another example of why the MVP is tainted a bit,but if u think. Players voted back then. They screwed Cowens. Maybe he was too rough.
Reply paul
1:08 PM on August 5, 2013 
Greg says...
Even before his days on the Celtics,Parish wasn't better than Cowens, thanks again Shawn for another example of why the MVP is tainted a bit,but if u think. Players voted back then. They screwed Cowens. Maybe he was too rough.


Lol! Kareem constantly moaned about Cowens, as I recall!