9. Billy Paultz

Nicknamed the “Whopper” (which is enough for us to rank him alone) Billy Paultz was a 7th Round Draft Pick in the NBA and he opted instead to go to the ABA where he was a welcome surprise.

Paultz was not a pretty player, even by his own admission but he liked to say to that he “did a little bit of everything” and that self-diagnosis was very accurate.  The 6’ 11” Center scored well with a 15.7 Point per Game Average and he did what you want a big man to do in terms of rebounding and blocks.  Three times he was in the top ten in the ABA as a Net in Rebounds per Game and twice he would hit that top plateau in Blocks twice for the team.  Paultz was a two time All Star and a key piece to their championship win in 1974.  He would be traded to the Spurs after the 1974/75 season.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent before the 1970/71 Season.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 1975/76 Season.
  • Games Played: 404
  • Per Game Averages: 34.2 MP, .501 eFG%, .722 FT%, 15.6 PTS, 8.4 RB, 2.0 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.1 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 17.8 PER, .539 TS%, 5.0 VORP*, 35.5 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    ABA Champion (1974)

    ABA All-Star (1973 & 1975)

    *VORP was not calculated until the 1973/74 Season
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