Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
NBA Seasons: 10
All Star Appearances: 9
All Star MVP: 1
ABA Seasons: 4
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 titles in a row. His career scoring average is one of the best in history; an 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. And in 1996, Gervin enjoyed a banner year as he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.