Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
NBA Seasons: 10
All Star Appearances: 9
All Star MVP: 1
ABA Seasons: 4
This is Coach Gervin’s fifth season with the Ghost Ballers and the BIG3.
Coach George “The Iceman” Gervin is one of the most respected, accomplished and important players to ever pick up a basketball. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan have won more league scoring championships than Gervin’s four, and he was the first guard ever to win three scoring titles in a row. His career scoring average is one of the best in history; a stunning 26.2 points per game when combining his NBA/ABA total of 26,595 points.
During his career, Gervin recorded a remarkable streak of scoring double figures in 407 consecutive games. He played in 12 straight All-Star Games, including nine in the NBA, and he averaged at least 21 points in each of those dozen years. In his nine NBA seasons with San Antonio, the Spurs won five division titles. He won an All-Star Game MVP Award and twice placed second in voting for the regular-season MVP Award.
But these numbers only begin to tell the story of Gervin’s phenomenal pro career, which stretched from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. Gervin’s No. 44 jersey has been retired by the Spurs. In 1996, Gervin was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For all his accomplishments, Gervin may end up being best remembered for his use of the “Finger Roll.” With his long arms and incredible ability to put just the right spin on the ball to get it to fall softly through the net no
matter where it hit the glass, Gervin both popularized and mastered a shot that nearly every basketball player at every level has as a part of their arsenal today.