A Look Back: Celebration of George Gervin
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George Gervin by the Numbers
4 – Ice won four NBA scoring titles during his 10-year NBA career … Michael Jordan (10), Wilt Chamberlain (7) and Allen Iverson (4) are the only three other players in NBA history to have four or more scoring titles.
9 – Gervin was named to the All-NBA/ABA team nine times … Gervin earned All-NBA First Team honors five times (1978, ’79, ’80, ’81 and ‘82) … he was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1977 and 1983 … he garnered All-ABA second team honors in 1975 and 1976.
12 – Ice appeared in 12 All-Star games (9 NBA and 3 ABA) … he won the All-Star MVP Award in 1980 … just one of 23 players to be named an All-Star 12 or more times.
26.3 – Gervin’s scoring average (NBA/ABA combined) in his 12 seasons with the Silver and Black … the Iceman averaged 22.2 ppg in three ABA seasons and bumped that average up to 27.3 ppg in his nine NBA seasons in San Antonio … for his career Gervin averaged 25.1 ppg (NBA/ABA combined) which ranks 11th all-time … his 26.2 ppg scoring average in NBA games only ranks eighth all-time.
33 – On April, 9, 1978 at New Orleans, Gervin exploded for 33 second-quarter points en route to his first scoring title … the 33 points still stands as the most points scored in a quarter in NBA history.
44 – The number Gervin wore during his 12 seasons with the Spurs … his jersey was retired on December 5, 1987, and is just one of six jerseys that hangs from the rafters of the AT&T Center.
53 – Had a streak of 53 straight games with 20 or more points.
63 – On April, 9, 1978 at New Orleans, in the final game of the 1977-78 season, Gervin was in a battle with David Thompson for the league’s scoring title … Thompson had scored 73 earlier in the day and appeared to have claimed the title … Gervin knew he had to score 58 points to edge out Thompson and he came through… Ice had 53 at halftime and finished the game with 63 points -despite sitting out the fourth quarter- to claim his first scoring title … Head Coach Doug Moe said, “We let him have the chance to do it, but nobody else could have done it. New Orleans put three guys on him and didn’t even guard a couple of our guys! And, he still scored! He put on one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen.”
407 – Gervin recorded a remarkable streak of 407 consecutive games scoring in double figures
.510 – Gervins’s shooting percentage during his 12 years (NBA/ABA combined) with the Silver and Black … Iceman connected on 9,170 of his 17,993 field goals during his career.
899 – The number of games Ice played in a Spurs uniform … Gervin played in 190 ABA games from 1974-76 and saw action in 709 NBA games for the Silver and Black … he ranks third on the Spurs all-time NBA/ABA games list and fourth in NBA games only.
2,585 – Gervin scored 2,585 points during the 1979-80 season to win the second of his four NBA Scoring Titles … for the year the Iceman averaged 33.1 points.
19,383 – The number of NBA points Gervin scored with the Silver and Black … ranks third on the Spurs all-time NBA points scored list … for his career Ice scored 20,708 NBA points which ranks 34th in NBA history … he is just one of 37 players to score 20,000 or more points during their NBA career.
23,602 – The combined NBA/ABA points Ice scored in his 12 years with the Spurs, which ranks first on the Spurs all-time NBA/ABA points scored … for his career Gervin scored 26,595 combined points which ranks 14th in NBA/ABA history.