Maravich, (Peter Press) Pete(1948–88) basketball player; born in Aliquippa, Pa. He was a three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association scoring leader at Louisiana State University (1968–70), virtually rewriting the National Collegiate Athlete Association record book; among his many records, he averaged 44.2 points per game. He went on to play for the National Basketball Association Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, and Boston Celtics, where he averaged 24.2 points per game over ten years. Nicknamed "Pistol Pete," he was elected to basketball's Hall of Fame in 1987.
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