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5 rookies with the most points per game in a season  

Karan Vinod
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Modified 01 Apr 2020
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#4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 28.8 ppg (1969-70)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar represented the Milwaukee Bucks for five seasons
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar represented the Milwaukee Bucks for five seasons

With the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks picked Lewis Alcindor, who later became to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The center averaged 28.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists while shooting 52% from the field.

Abdul-Jabbar won the Rookie of the Year Award for his exploits with the Bucks. The franchise finished the season with a loss to the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals in five games. One of his best performances of the campaign came against the Seattle SuperSonics where he dropped 51 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 3 assists while shooting 72% from the field.

Kareem would eventually move on to the Los Angeles Lakers and break numerous NBA records along the way. He won an NBA Championship with the Bucks in 1971.


#3 Oscar Robertson - 30.5 ppg (1960-61)

Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson

Nicknamed the "Big O", Oscar Robertson was the territorial pick in the 1960 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals, who are now known as the Sacramento Kings. The guard immediately lit up the league as he averaged 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.7 assists while shooting over 47% from the field.

However, the Royals did not have a great season as they finished with a 33-46 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs. Robertson won the Rookie of the Year Award and averaged a near triple-double for the season. He also won the MVP for the All-Star Game and was also selected for the All-NBA First Team.

One of his best performances of the season came in a loss against the Los Angeles Lakers where he dropped 45 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 8 assists.

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Published 09 Mar 2020, 20:06 IST
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