RetroVideo: Pistol Pete’s rookie season

December 25, 1970 — the Phoenix Suns take on the Atlanta Hawks and we get to see footage of “Pistol” Pete Maravich as a rookie. Those flopping locks of hair take the court with the likes of Dick Van Arsdale, Lou Hudson, Paul Silas and Walt Bellamy.

Full rosters for both teams follow, courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com:

Atlanta Hawks

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
42 Mahdi Abdul-Rahman G 6-2 185 April 15, 1942 6 University of California, Los Angeles
8 Walt Bellamy C 6-11 225 July 24, 1939 9 Indiana University
32 Bill Bridges F-C 6-6 228 April 4, 1939 8 University of Kansas
33 Jerry Chambers F 6-5 185 July 18, 1943 2 University of Utah
25 Len Chappell F-C 6-8 240 January 31, 1941 8 Wake Forest University
31 Bob Christian C 6-10 255 May 11, 1946 1 Grambling State University
24 Jim Davis C-F 6-9 225 December 18, 1941 3 University of Colorado
23 Lou Hudson F-G 6-5 210 July 11, 1944 4 University of Minnesota
44 Pete Maravich G 6-5 197 June 22, 1947 R Louisiana State University
12 Bob Riley F 6-9 235 July 6, 1948 R Mount St. Mary’s University
40 John Vallely G 6-3 185 October 3, 1948 R University of California, Los Angeles
34 Herb White G 6-2 195 June 15, 1948 R University of Georgia

Phoenix Suns

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
31 Mel Counts C-F 7-0 230 October 16, 1941 6 Oregon State University
16 Lamar Green F-C 6-7 210 March 22, 1947 1 Morehead State University
23 Art Harris G 6-4 185 January 13, 1947 2 Stanford University
11 Clem Haskins G 6-3 195 July 11, 1943 3 Western Kentucky University
42 Connie Hawkins F-C 6-8 210 July 17, 1942 3 University of Iowa
44 Greg Howard F-C 6-9 215 January 8, 1948 R University of New Mexico
29 Paul Silas F-C 6-7 220 July 12, 1943 6 Creighton University
10 Fred Taylor G-F 6-5 180 February 5, 1948 R University of Texas-Pan American
40 Joe Thomas F 6-6 205 March 9, 1948 R Marquette University
5 Dick Van Arsdale G-F 6-5 210 February 22, 1943 5 Indiana University
41 Neal Walk C 6-10 220 July 29, 1948 1 University of Florida
25 John Wetzel G-F 6-5 190 October 22, 1944 1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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