Before Maravich was drafted, Lou Hudson was the man in Atlanta; he led the team in scoring in three of the previous four seasons. He was also the team's points leader in Maravich's first two seasons, but it wasn't until Pistol Pete's third season when their offensive potential was fully realized. Maravich's first time leading the team in points also marked the first time the duo would score above 2,000; they were only the second pair in league history to do so.
This was the only time a Pete Maravich-led squad would finish above .500. Atlanta's short playoff run was also Pistol's last appearance in the postseason until his final year at Boston—where he was a shell of his former self.