Today in Sports History: March 19

By Jonah Sharf

On March 19, 1969, NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy flipped a coin, Phoenix called ‘heads’ and it turned up ‘tails’ and as a result, the Milwaukee Bucks picked first in the NBA Draft, selecting Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while Phoenix picked Neal Walk. Walk would go on to average 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during his NBA career, which included 20.2 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game in the 1972–73 season with the Suns. Abdul-Jabbar, on the other hand, was an all-time great, finishing his career as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history. He averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game over his career, and won six NBA Championships (one with the Bucks and five with the Los Angeles Lakers) and six NBA MVPs. Needless to say, Abdul-Jabbar is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.


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