The 25 Greatest Sports Careers Ruined by Injury

18. Pete Maravich

Sport: Basketball
Years Active: 1970-1980
Career Stats: 24.2 PPG 4.2 RPG 5.4 APG 1.4 SPG
Injuries: Multiple knee surgeries

Pistol was a magician on the basketball court. He dominated in college averaging 44.2 ppg and took his show to the NBA in 1970. Maravich scored at will, broke ankles and made dazzling passes on a nightly basis. The god even dropped 68 on Clyde Frazier in '77 and led the L in scoring with 31.1 ppg. That was until he injured both of his knees during the '78 season, limiting him to 50 games. With his skills slowly diminishing, Pistol called it quits after his tenth season. One of the knocks on Maravich was that he didn't make those around him better. He needed the rock in his hands at all times to be effective and often carried teams with his scoring. But, man was he a sight to see and his legend still lives on.

blog comments powered by Disqus