His offensive prowess set the bar.
One of the best-shooting big men of all time, McAdoo shot 50.3% in his career and 75.4% from the line while averaging double-digit scoring in all but one season (1981-82) — and he barely missed it that season at 9.6 ppg. He shot 50% or better in seven of his 14 seasons and averaged 12 or more rebounds in five of his first six seasons.
McAdoo had his best season in 1974-75 as a third-year player, averaging 34.5 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg and shot 51.2% en route to winning the lone MVP of his career by a wide voting margin. Playoff success for McAdoo was always hard to come by and despite an epic series by him in the Eastern Conference semifinals (37.3 ppg, 13.4 rpg), the Braves lost to the Washington Bullets in Game 7.
After the 1975-76 season, McAdoo was traded to the New York Knicks and had a solid showing there. Despite averaging 25.8 ppg in 1976-77 and 26.5 ppg in 1977-78, the Knicks dealt McAdoo to the Boston Celtics. McAdoo would continue on playing for the Detroit Pistons (1979-81) and New Jersey Nets (1980-81) as his career went from superstardom to journeyman.
In 1981 on Christmas Eve, McAdoo was dealt by the Nets to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he enjoyed the most team success of his career. McAdoo became a key reserve for the Lakers' contending teams of the early 1980s, making The Finals in four straight seasons and winning championships in 1982 and 1985. From 1982-85, McAdoo averaged 13.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg and shot 50.7% in the playoffs for L.A.
Once his NBA playing days were done, McAdoo was successful for seven seasons in Italy before embarking on a coaching career in the late 1990s. He spent the majority of that time with the Miami Heat, serving as an assistant coach under Pat Riley, Stan Van Gundy and Erik Spoelstra, winning NBA titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013.