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NBA 1967 - 68 Seattle Supersonics San Francisco Warriors 24 12 1967
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1967 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia Sixers
1967 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia Sixers
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1966-67 76ers - NBA TV
1966-67 76ers - NBA TV
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1964-65 NBA Stars
1964-65 NBA Stars
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The Golden State Warriors Would Get SMASHED By The 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
The Golden State Warriors Would Get SMASHED By The 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
Published: 2016/05/16
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1969-70 NBA Playoffs
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Published: 2012/11/30
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1966 NBA Boston vs Cincinnati playoff Eastern Semi final color broadcast
1966 NBA Boston vs Cincinnati playoff Eastern Semi final color broadcast
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1967 Philadelphia 76ers Full Season Highlights
1967 Philadelphia 76ers Full Season Highlights
Published: 2013/04/02
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76ers @ Celtics - Chamberlain vs. Russell (1967 NBA ECF G4)
76ers @ Celtics - Chamberlain vs. Russell (1967 NBA ECF G4)
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1967 NBA Playoffs Part 1
1967 NBA Playoffs Part 1
Published: 2008/07/29
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1967 NBA Playoffs Part 2
1967 NBA Playoffs Part 2
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1967 NBA Finals Highlights
1967 NBA Finals Highlights
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NBA #1966, 1967, 1968
NBA #1966, 1967, 1968
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1967 NBA Highlights
1967 NBA Highlights
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1967 Philadelphia 76ers
1967 Philadelphia 76ers
Published: 2008/05/27
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NBA Champions: 1967 Philadelphia 76ers
NBA Champions: 1967 Philadelphia 76ers
Published: 2008/11/25
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1966 NBA Finals Highlights
1966 NBA Finals Highlights
Published: 2013/03/25
Channel: Hal15Greer
LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs CELTICS NBA FINALS G7 - 1966
LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs CELTICS NBA FINALS G7 - 1966
Published: 2013/07/23
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1967-68 Sonics vs. Sixers Highlights
1967-68 Sonics vs. Sixers Highlights
Published: 2012/11/30
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Larry Siegfried 1966 NBA Playoffs and Season Clips
Larry Siegfried 1966 NBA Playoffs and Season Clips
Published: 2016/11/13
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NBA LIVE 06 1966-67 Warriors vs 1966-67 76ers
NBA LIVE 06 1966-67 Warriors vs 1966-67 76ers
Published: 2016/06/29
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1966 NBA BOSTON CELTICS vs LAKERS small screen A Game to Remember  Series
1966 NBA BOSTON CELTICS vs LAKERS small screen A Game to Remember Series
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: Newton Minnow
1967 NBA Finals: San Francisco Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
1967 NBA Finals: San Francisco Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Published: 2013/03/24
Channel: Fred Cervantez
NBA LIVE 06 1967-68 Sonics vs 1966-67 76ers
NBA LIVE 06 1967-68 Sonics vs 1966-67 76ers
Published: 2017/09/05
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1967 NBA Finals - Wilt Chamberlain beats Rick Barry
1967 NBA Finals - Wilt Chamberlain beats Rick Barry's Warriors for his 1st Ring
Published: 2016/10/27
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NBA LIVE 06 1966-67 Warriors vs 1967-68 Sonics
NBA LIVE 06 1966-67 Warriors vs 1967-68 Sonics
Published: 2016/09/25
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1966 NBA Finals
1966 NBA Finals
Published: 2010/06/16
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Sixers 1967 NBA Championship
Sixers 1967 NBA Championship
Published: 2011/07/12
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1967 NBA All Star Game
1967 NBA All Star Game
Published: 2008/07/29
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NBA LIVE 06 1966-67 76ers vs 1968-69 Bullets
NBA LIVE 06 1966-67 76ers vs 1968-69 Bullets
Published: 2017/09/05
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REMEMBERING THE 1967 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: GREATEST TEAM EVER???
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NBA LIVE 06 1969-70 Knicks vs 1966-67 Warriors
NBA LIVE 06 1969-70 Knicks vs 1966-67 Warriors
Published: 2017/09/05
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1967 NBA All Star Game Highlights
1967 NBA All Star Game Highlights
Published: 2012/10/17
Channel: Hal15Greer
10 Greatest NBA MVP Seasons Ever
10 Greatest NBA MVP Seasons Ever
Published: 2016/02/27
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2 Highland vs. Triad Basketball Games: 1966/67 & 1964/65
2 Highland vs. Triad Basketball Games: 1966/67 & 1964/65
Published: 2016/03/16
Channel: Jim Nickerson
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1966 NBA Finals Game 7: Jerry West and the (almost) biggest choke of all time by the Celtics
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: Rumpel Stiltsky
1966 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers.
1966 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers.
Published: 2013/03/24
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The Handle Podcast - Tom Meschery on 1966-67 San Francisco Warriors
The Handle Podcast - Tom Meschery on 1966-67 San Francisco Warriors
Published: 2017/01/10
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1966–67 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s) ABC
Regular season
Season MVP Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Rick Barry (San Francisco)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Philadelphia 76ers
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions San Francisco Warriors
  Western runners-up St. Louis Hawks
Finals
Champions Philadelphia 76ers
  Runners-up San Francisco Warriors
NBA seasons

The 1966–67 NBA Season was the 21st season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Championship, beating the San Francisco Warriors 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals, ending the Boston Celtics' record title run at 8.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Season recap[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

The Philadelphia 76ers had dismissed coach Dolph Schayes of Syracuse Nationals fame. Alex Hannum, the former 50s power forward who was the last man to coach a winner past Boston, was the new coach. The 43-year-old Hannum looked like he could still play, and often ran with the club in practice.

Hannum's 76ers would share the ball, or play 'Celtic-ball' as some observed. Wilt Chamberlain would not be expected to hold the team afloat like Atlas but would pass more and get the others involved. Chamberlain had bragged in interviews that he was the sport's best passer on top of his other abilities.[citation needed] His eight assists per game set a record for centers and made him third in the NBA overall, scoring 24 per game, while again leading the NBA in rebounds and blocked shots.

Shooting less, he made a league-record 68% of his shots; his 875 free throw attempts, another league record, offset his dismal percentage from the foul line.

The 76ers also had three other players around the 20 point-per-game mark this year in Hal Greer with 22 points, Chet Walker and Billy Cunningham, both with 19 points. All four players combined won a league-record 68 games together under Hannum's watch. The team scored a record 125 points per game, leading all teams in shooting accuracy.

The 76ers started the season at 46–4, still the best 50 game start in league history. They finished the season at 68–13, the best record in league history at the time.[1]

Celtics[edit]

The Boston Celtics won 60 games under new player/coach Bill Russell. Russell's impact on the NBA and the game as a whole had been powerful to this point. Always conscious of his racial impact as well, which included many bitter episodes in his life, Russell knew well he was now the first African American to ever coach a major American sports franchise. Some wondered if the team's whites would follow Russell, especially as America was now entering the Civil Rights Movement that included urban riots. But in the Celtics locker room, there was never any question that Russell was the leader. Being named coach was a simple formality.

The 32-year-old Russell was third in rebounds and blocks and added six assists per game to lead his club. Three twenty point scorers surrounded him --- banking Sam Jones (with 22 points), emerging John Havlicek (with 21 points), and newly acquired Bailey Howell (with 20 points). K.C. Jones again was the first line of the league's top defense, while adding five assists per game. Two other Celtics added ten points a game as well. Red Auerbach oversaw everything, now from his front office.

These two powerhouses again cast such a huge shadow over the league, that only one of the NBA's other eight teams won more than half their games.

San Francisco Warriors[edit]

The San Francisco Warriors' Rick Barry enjoyed a second terrific season as San Fran's top scorer. He led the NBA at 35.6 per game, a mark that might have survived a typical Wilt Chamberlain season. Barry tried and made more shots than any player in the league. Barry also had the second-highest number of free throw tries, 852, and made an NBA-high 753 of them at an 88% rate. Barry also added eight rebounds and four assists per game. His meteoric rise this season saw Barry move past L.A.'s Elgin Baylor and Cincinnati's Jerry Lucas as the best forward in the game.

The other Warrior star emerging was center Nate Thurmond. A former protege of Chamberlain, Thurmond ranked second in the NBA in rebounds and blocks while adding 19 points per game.

Five other Warriors scored ten points per game or better under coach and former Celtic Bill Sharman.

Playoffs[edit]

The NBA was now at ten teams, thanks to the addition of the Chicago Bulls. With two-five team divisions now, the NBA had four playoff teams from both the East and West, with just two NBA teams missing the post-season tournament. Chicago surpassed the Detroit Pistons for the last spot in the West, putting America's second-largest city in the playoffs, which continued to become a larger television event each year.

In the East, the two dominators both won their first round series with just one lost game each. Philadelphia beat Cincinnati and superstar Oscar Robertson three games to one. Boston beat an improving New York Knickerbockers club led by third-year star Willis Reed three to one also. The Boston–Philadelphia matchup was set again for the division final.

In the West, San Francisco and second-place St.Louis both advanced behind 3–0 sweeps. The Warriors routed the Lakers, minus superstar Jerry West, while the St.Louis Hawks ended the first season of Chicago's Bulls, led by coach Johnny Kerr, the former Syracuse Nationals star, and players Bob Boozer, Don Kojis and Guy Rodgers.

Rich Guerin's balanced Hawks, led by Lenny Wilkens, Lou Hudson and Bill Bridges, tried hard to slow Barry, Thurmond and Co., but the Warriors made their second NBA Finals in four seasons, four games to two.

Those expecting a close series in the East or another Philadelphia fold were stunned to see a five-game series completely dominated by the 76ers. Winning the first three in clear numbers, the Sixers brought Boston back to their home court so they could bash the Celtics 140-116 and send them home. Bill Russell's first season as coach was a disappointment only in comparison to Auerbach's towering achievements before him. Chamberlain turned down the victory champagne from that celebrated win, saying there was still one more series to win.

The Warriors were not all that cooperative, taking Game One to overtime and winning two games. Barry and Thurmond's performances were impressive. But Philadelphia's three 20-point scorers – Chamberlain, Walker and Greer – led their franchise to their first NBA title since the old Syracuse days in 1955, the first season of the 24-second clock.

Wilt averaged 22 points, 29 rebounds, nine assists and 58% shooting for his 15 playoff games. He also had many blocks and had 160 free throw tries to offset his misses there. Wilt, again, likely posted multiple quadruple-double games this year, including perhaps in the Finals. However, blocked shots were not then kept as a league statistic (and would not be until 1973), so it is impossible to determine.

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia 76ers 68 13 .840 28–2 26–8 14–3 28–8
x-Boston Celtics 60 21 .741 8 27–4 25–11 8–6 30–6
x-Cincinnati Royals 39 42 .481 29 20–11 12–24 7–7 14–22
x-New York Knicks 36 45 .444 32 20–15 9–24 7–6 11–25
Baltimore Bullets 20 61 .247 48 12–20 3–30 5–11 7–29


Western Division[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-San Francisco Warriors 44 37 .543 18–10 11–19 15–8 24–12
x-St. Louis Hawks 39 42 .481 5 18–11 12–21 9–10 21–15
x-Los Angeles Lakers 36 45 .444 8 21–18 12–20 3–7 14–22
x-Chicago Bulls 33 48 .407 11 17–19 9–17 7–12 17–19
Detroit Pistons 30 51 .370 14 12–18 9–19 9–14 14–22


x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors 2,775
Rebounds Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers 1,957
Assists Guy Rodgers Chicago Bulls 908
FG% Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers .683
FT% Adrian Smith Cincinnati Royals .903

Note: Prior to the 1969–70 season, league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were determined by totals rather than averages.

NBA awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sachare, Alex (2008). "NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition: The Best Team Ever". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2008. 

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