Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Stats: 81 G, 44.2 MPG, 34.8 PPG, 16.6 RPG, 4.6 APG
Player Efficiency Rating: 29.9

If Kareem had known that changing his name would result in him putting up even better numbers than his MVP-winning season the year prior, he probably would have done it sooner. Nevertheless, 1972 was an incredibly impressive year for the big man as he more than made up for Oscar Robertson's decline by posting 34.8 points and 16.6 rebounds per game while shooting a ruthlessly efficient 57.4 percent from the field. His defense, again, was a huge asset for the Bucks, as with Kareem anchoring the middle they finished second in the NBA in points allowed and first in opponents' field goal percentage.