Monday, December 22, 2014

Red, White and Hoops

A look back at the all-ABA first teams.

Red, White and Hoops

With the NBA in lockout mode and the Fourth of July holiday just passed, what better time to trudge up some memories of the American Basketball Association.

Below are the first team All-ABA players for each of the nine years of the league's existence, thanks to www.remembertheaba.com:

Season  Forward Forward Center Guard Guard
1967-68       Connie
Hawkins
Doug
Moe
Mel
Daniels
Larry
Jones
Charlie
Williams
1968-69 Connie
Hawkins
Rick
Barry
Mel
Daniels    
Jimmy
Jones
Larry
Jones
1969-70 Rick
Barry
Spencer
Haywood    
Mel
Daniels
Bob
Verga
Larry
Jones
1970-71 Roger
Brown
Rick
Barry
Mel
Daniels
Mack
Calvin
Charlie
Scott
1971-72 Dan
Issel
Rick
Barry
Artis
Gilmore
Donnie
Freeman    
Bill
Melchionni    
1972-73 Billy
Cunningham   
Julius
Erving
Artis
Gilmore
Jimmy
Jones
Warren
Jabali
1973-74 Julius
Erving
George
McGinnis
Artis
Gilmore
Jimmy
Jones
Mack
Calvin
1974-75 Julius
Erving
George
McGinnis
Artis
Gilmore
Mack
Calvin
Ron
Boone
1975-76 Julius
Erving
Billy
Knight
Artis
Gilmore
James
Silas
Ralph
Simpson
More coverage
 
WATCH: Sixers-Magic highlights
 
Box score: Sixers 96, Magic 88
 
VOTE: Will the Sixers lose more than 73 games?
 
Sixers 2014-15 regular season schedule
 
Buy 76ers jerseys, memorabilia, and other gear
 
Latest Sixers videos
 
Forum: When will the 76ers be a contender?
Bob Vetrone Jr.
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

To listen to Boop on 94WIP, click here.

Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected