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George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Association's (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Association's (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. Gervin averaged at least 14 points in all fourteen of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Further, although not known for his defense, Gervin retired with the second-most blocks of any NBA guard. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Shooting guard (SG), also known as “two guard” or “off guard”,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... For information about the ABA that began in 2000 see American Basketball Association (21st century). ... Virginia Squires was a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association that existed from 1970 through 1976. ... It has been suggested that San Antonio Gunslingers (ABA) be merged into this article or section. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... It has been suggested that San Antonio Gunslingers (ABA) be merged into this article or section. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Nicknamed Iceman (or Ice) for his cool demeanor on the court, Gervin was primarily known for his scoring talents. He led teams at both Eastern Michigan University and Long Beach State. After leaving college due to an altercation, Gervin was set to try out for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. It is rumored that Gervin made 22 of 25 three-point attempts, after which he was signed without Virginia officials having seen him play competitively. Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197) is a comprehensive, co-educational public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB or LBSU) is the largest campus of the California State University system located in Long Beach, California, at the southern coastal tip of Los Angeles County. ...


His first scoring crown, which took place in 1978, was one of NBA's most famed moments. He defeated David Thompson by seven hundredths of a point (27.22 to 27.15). Although Thompson came up with a memorable performance for the last game of the regular season, scoring 73 points, Gervin maintained his slight lead by scoring 63 points (including an NBA-record 33 in the second quarter alone) in a loss on his last game of the season. With the scoring crown in hand, he sat out some of the third, and all of the fourth quarter. Gervin would go on to lead the NBA in scoring average three years in a row from 1978 to 1980 (with a high of 33.1 points per game in 1979-80), and again in 1982. Prior to Michael Jordan, Gervin had the most scoring titles of any guard in league history. David ONeil Thompson (born July 13, 1954 in Shelby, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball star who played for the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as the Seattle SuperSonics. ... NBA minimum requirements for scoring average are 70 games played or 1400 points scored. ...


When he left NBA he played several years in Europe: in Italy for Banco Roma during the 1986-87 and in Spanish National Basketball League, in TDK Manresa team (when he was already 40). At this point in his career he had lost some of his quickness, but his scoring instinct remained.


His trademark shot was the finger roll, a shot where rolls the basketball basketball along his or her fingertips. While others mimicked this style when shooting layups, Gervin was known to "finger roll" from as far as the free throw line. The finger roll is a specialized type of basketball layup shot where the ball is rolled off of the tips of the players fingers. ...


Gervin was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, had his #44 jersey retired by the Spurs and was named to the NBA's fifty greatest players list. Gervin was ranked #25 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003. The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... The first issue of SLAM, featuring cover athlete Larry Johnson. ...


He remains active in the San Antonio community in part through the George Gervin Youth Center. Gervin is beloved in San Antonio. Former teammate Larry Kenon, also a quality NBA player, once complained that the city of San Antonio had "Gervinitis." Larry Joe Kenon (born December 13, 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former professional basketball player. ...


Gervin's brother, Derrick Gervin, played collegiately at University of Texas at San Antonio where his number is retired. UTSA is San Antonios largest university. ...


Trivia

  • Gary Payton said Gervin was his favorite player to watch as a kid. Asked to elaborate, Payton said that it was because "he was just so saucy".
  • While sitting out 3 games due to injury, Gervin's replacement, Ron Brewer, averaged over 30 ppg . When Gervin returned, he scored 40+ points. When asked if he was sending a message, Gervin said, "Just the way the Lord planned it" and added, "Ice be cool" (with Ron Brewer).
  • Gervin met his wife when playing high school ball. She attended an opponent's school. When rooting against Gervin in high school, she used to implore her team to "not let them throw the ball to that skinny kid."
  • Gervin holds the distinction of being a former teammate of both Julius Erving (with the Squires) and Michael Jordan (with the Bulls).
  • San Antonio Spurs Career Leader in Field Goals Made (9,201), Field Goal Attempts (18,111), Turnovers (2,506) and Points (23,602).
  • Though a revered NBA and ABA all-star and career hall of famer, Gervin has never made an appearance with a team in the NBA, nor ABA, championship finals during his 13-year career in American professional basketball.

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See also

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NBA.com: George Gervin Bio (2137 words)
Gervin was as smooth as "Dr. J" was flashy.
Gervin won his first scoring title with 27.2 ppg; behind him were forward Larry Kenon (20.6 ppg) and hulking center Billy Paultz (15.8 ppg).
Gervin squeaked by Thompson for the scoring title, 27.22 points per game to 27.15, and he finished runner-up to the Portland Trail Blazers' Bill Walton in NBA MVP balloting.
George Gervin - encyclopedia article about George Gervin. (1195 words)
George Gervin (born April 27 April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining.
Gervin holds the interesting distinction of being a former teammate of both Julius Erving Julius Winfield Erving III (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr.
Gervin was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game.
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