Bob McAdoo was the original stretch big in the NBA. Close to four decades before anyone ever heard of the term. If you look at Bob McAdoo and his stats you can see what his impact was. Watching him play on tape really allows what he was to be understood. You can watch video of Bob McAdoo at his best on the desktop version of my site.
Bob McAdoo Honors & stats
When Bob McAdoo left Chapel Hill after one season, he garnered 2nd team AP All-American honors and led the Tar Heels to the Final Four. He was chosen 2nd in the 1972 NBA draft. Reportedly he was picked 2nd because he couldn’t come to a contract agreement with Portland, the team that held the 1st pick. It was later discovered he was also chosen first in the ABA draft.
Respect of his peers
McAdoo was taken by the Buffalo Braves the franchise now known as the L.A Clippers, and he immediately made an impact on the league. At the end of his first year he was named Rookie-of-the-Year and every player on every team knew he was a superstar in the making, one of which the league had never seen.
What They Said
Dr. Jack Ramsey said of him “Bob McAdoo had the full package, an offensive weapon that I don’t think has ever been equaled in the game”. Magic Johnson called him unstoppable. Today defenders are used to stretch bigs. In the 1970’s teams didn’t know what to do. They would try things like switching the power forward on him. Usually this wouldn’t work as he would take them into the paint with his turn around jumper. He is the original stretch big. Shooting all over the floor.
Bob wasn’t just a shooter. He was a shot creator off the dribble similar to Dirk Nowitzki. He was also a better rebounder and low post scorer than say a Dirk. I’m not comparing the two, just stating facts. McAdoo broke the North Carolina high school record for the high jump, just to give an example of his agility and athleticism.
Bob McAdoo’s Stats: years 2-4
- 1973-74: 30.6ppg-15.1rpg-3.3bpg-1.2spg (scoring champ) led league fg% (54.7) 2nd mvp voting
- 1974-75: 34.5ppg-14.1rpg-2.1bpg-1.1spg (2nd scoring title) 1975 NBA MVP
- 1975-76: 31.1ppg-12.4rpg-4.0apg-2.1bpg-1.1spg (3rd straight scoring title) 2nd MVP voting.
Not long ago Anthony Davis became the 2nd youngest player in NBA history to have a 50-20 game. Mcadoo was the youngest. After a three year span of winning three straight scoring titles. Hevalso won the 1975 NBA MVP award and finished 2nd in 1974 and 1976. Bob also is the last player to average 30-15 in a season. The following seasons saw him average 20+ points 11 straight seasons. 7 of those averaging atleast 26 ppg. When he got older he won two titles with the Lakers in 1982 and 1985. Pat Riley said the addition of Mcadoo is what took L.A to the next level. I hope when people talk about the best stretch bigs of all time they don’t forget the pioneer of it in their so called lists of expertise because Mcadoo is the original.