Three's A Crowd by  aussiegall (Flickr)
Three’s A Crowd by aussiegall (Flickr)

Ed. Note: Prior to the 1988-89 season, the NBA only had All-NBA 1st and All-NBA 2nd Teams. To fill in that historical award gap, the crack Pro Hoops History committee of one has gone back and created the Lost All-NBA 3rd Teams.

The 1963 All-NBA 3rd Team saw the last gasps of Jack Twyman and Richie Guerin. At the forward spot, Twyman gave way to the superb Bailey Howell who was on the All-NBA 2nd Team in 1963 and racks up 3rd Team appearances in 1964, ’65, and ’66. At guard, Guerin ceded ground to Boston Celtics shooting guard Sam Jones. By 1965, Jones graduated to the All-NBA 2nd Team allowing the platoon of scoring machine Dick Barnett, assist juggernaut Guy Rodgers, and floor general Lenny Wilkens to fill in the guard spots on the 3rd Team.

Besides Bailey Howell, the forward spots in this survey were filled by rookie sensation Terry Dischinger (1963), defensive stalwart and athletic marvel Gus Johnson (1964), another defensive ace in Dave DeBusschere (1965), and the return of Rudy LaRusso (1966), who last made the All-NBA 3rd Team in 1962.

Lastly, Walt Bellamy’s stranglehold on the center spot (1962-65) was broken by Zelmo Beaty of the St. Louis Hawks. Big Z narrowly edged out Nate Thurmond for the honors in 1966, but this wouldn’t be the last time those two were neck-and-neck for the center slot on the All-NBA 3rd Team.

1962-63 Season

Position Player Team G PPG RPG APG FG% FT% WS PER
F Jack Twyman Cincinnati Royals 80 19.8 7.5 2.7 0.480 0.811 7.3 17.7
F Terry Dischinger Chicago Zephyrs 57 25.5 8.0 3.1 0.512 0.770 9.2 20.8
C Walt Bellamy Chicago Zephyrs 80 27.9 16.4 2.9 0.527 0.674 13.7 24.9
G Sam Jones Boston Celtics 76 19.7 5.2 3.2 0.476 0.793 9.6 19.1
G Richie Guerin New York Knicks 79 21.5 4.2 4.4 0.432 0.848 7.2 18.8

1963-64 Season

Position Player Team G PPG RPG APG FG% FT% WS PER
F Bailey Howell Detroit Pistons 77 21.6 10.1 2.7 0.472 0.809 9.8 21.1
F Gus Johnson Baltimore Bullets 78 17.3 13.6 2.2 0.430 0.658 3.5 16.3
C Walt Bellamy Baltimore Bullets 80 27.0 17.0 1.6 0.513 0.651 14.4 23.3
G Sam Jones Boston Celtics 76 19.4 4.6 2.7 0.450 0.783 8.9 17.6
G Dick Barnett Los Angeles Lakers 78 18.4 3.2 3.1 0.452 0.773 6.5 15.7

1964-65 Season

Position Player Team G PPG RPG APG FG% FT% WS PER
F Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons 80 16.7 11.1 3.2 0.425 0.700 6.6 17.4
F Bailey Howell Baltimore Bullets 80 19.2 10.9 2.6 0.495 0.801 10.9 18.9
C Walt Bellamy Baltimore Bullets 80 24.8 14.6 2.4 0.509 0.685 12.1 21.7
G Lenny Wilkens St. Louis Hawks 78 16.5 4.7 5.5 0.414 0.746 8.1 15.6
G Guy Rodgers San Francisco Warriors 79 14.6 4.1 7.2 0.380 0.686 2.8 14.2

1965-66 Season

Position Player Team G PPG RPG APG FG% FT% WS PER
F Rudy LaRusso Los Angeles Lakers 76 15.4 8.7 2.2 0.457 0.787 7.0 16.4
F Bailey Howell Baltimore Bullets 78 17.5 9.9 2.0 0.488 0.73 8.7 19.0
C Zelmo Beaty St. Louis Hawks 80 20.7 13.6 1.6 0.473 0.758 10.3 18.5
G Dick Barnett New York Knicks 75 23.1 4.1 3.5 0.469 0.772 8.0 18.4
G Guy Rodgers San Francisco Warriors 79 18.6 5.3 10.7 0.373 0.727 2.3 16.9