The 1966-67 season of the NBA was the 21st season in the history of the National Basketball Association. The NBA had been dominated by the likes of the Lakers and Celtics for years, but the time was changing in the league and it was time for other teams to step up and make noise in the 1966 season. Two of the teams that would step up that season were the San Francisco Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Warriors were led by 2nd year phenom Rick Barry. Barry had managed to win the Rookie of the Year award the previous year while making the All-NBA team in his first season in the league. This season he made a big impression by showing an incredible ability to score the basketball. Barry managed to score more points than any other player in the league in that season. At that time the league the scoring champion was awarded not by points per game, but instead by total points. Barry went on to score 2,775 points on the season.
Barry's points were crucial for his team. The Western Division was the inferior division in that season, but he managed to lead his team to a 44-37 record on the season. The San Francisco Warriors were the only team that managed to win more than half of their games on the season.
One of the other dominant players of the year was Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain would win the Most Valuable Player of the Year awards for the Philadelphia 76ers. Chamberlain was a force underneath, as evidenced by his rebounding title. He would pull down 1,957 rebounds on the year. He also shot an incredible percentage of 68 percent on the season. These numbers were huge in helping the 76ers to have one of the best NBA seasons of all time.
The 76ers managed to win a whopping 68 games on the season while only losing 13. They would easily outdo the Celtics during the regular season. The Celtics were solid, with 60 wins, but could not match up to the 76ers.
This season featured a very lopsided finish to the regular season records. Of the 10 teams in the NBA only 3 teams managed to finish with a winning percentage over .500. These three teams would go on to become the biggest players in the playoffs that season.
Despite the fact that the Celtics were outdone in the regular season, nobody was counting them out for the NBA title. The Celtics has won an amazing amount of titles consecutively coming into the season and most people thought they would just flip on the switch and cruise to another championship. This would not be the case however. The Celtics were thwarted in their attempts to win another title, leaving their unprecedented consecutive championships streak at 8.
The 76ers would advance to the Finals to take on Rick Barry and the San Francisco Warriors. The Warriors were a solid team, but they did not have nearly the same success in the season as the 76ers. The 76ers were able to take out the Warriors in 6 games, becoming the NBA Champions.