George Gervin is a former professional basketball player. Gervin initially played for the Pontiac (Michigan) Chaparrals of the Continental Basketball Association, where he was spotted by Johnny Kerr, a Vice President, Basketball Operations for the Virginia Squires of the ABA.
Gervin played in both the ABA and NBA for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls. Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Gervin's first NBA scoring crown came in the 1977–78 season. In the 1978–79 NBA season, the Spurs finished 48-34 with the second seed in the Eastern Conference, they had made it past Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. They lost to the Washington Bullets in the 1979 Eastern Conference Finals. Gervin was committed to the Spurs, showing no frustration towards his teammates, thus living up to his nickname (the Iceman) and went on to lead the NBA in scoring average three years in a row from 1978 to 1980, and again in 1982.
Gervin was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996; additionally his #44 jersey has been retired by the Spurs and he was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. In 2009, Gervin was ranked #45 on SLAM Magazine's Top 50 NBA Players of All Time.