1972–73 ABA season

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The 1972–73 ABA season was the sixth season of the American Basketball Association. The Pittsburgh Condors and The Floridians had folded, leaving the league with nine teams. However, the ABA decided to (for the first and only time) award an expansion franchise to Dr. Leonard Bloom (President and CEO of the United States Capital Corporation) for $1 million to play in San Diego, California, named the San Diego Conquistadors (however due to a feud they did not play in San Diego Sports Arena, instead playing at Peterson Gym).[1] Subsequently, this meant that the Memphis Tams (formerly the Memphis Pros) would move to the Eastern Division. Once again, the best regular season team did not win the ABA Finals, with the Indiana Pacers (who had the 4th best record), winning the championship, led by playoff MVP George McGinnis.


Eastern Division[edit]

Team W L % GB
Carolina Cougars 57 27 .679 -
Kentucky Colonels 56 28 .667 1
Virginia Squires 42 42 .500 15
New York Nets 30 54 .357 27
Memphis Tams 24 60 .286 33

Western Division[edit]

Team W L % GB
Utah Stars 55 29 .655 -
Indiana Pacers 51 33 .607 4
Denver Rockets 47 37 .560 8
San Diego Conquistadors 30 54 .357 25
Dallas Chaparrals 28 56 .333 27


Awards and honors[edit]