With my Second Pick I select:
George Gervin's playing record speaks volumes. 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 of 26.2 points per game is among the game's best as is his combined NBA/ABA total of 26,595 points. During his career, Gervin recorded a remarkable streak of scoring double figures in 407 consecutive games. And he 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. more...
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4/27/52 in Detroit
Martin Luther King (Detroit)
Long Beach State, then Eastern Michigan
Phoenix Suns, 1974 (40th overall)
Selected by ABA's Virginia Squires after sophomore season, 1973; Contract sold to San Antonio Spurs, 1/30/74; San Antonio joined NBA in 1976; Traded to Chicago Bulls, 10/24/85. Nickname:
Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1996); All-NBA First Team (1978, '79, '80, '81, '82); All-NBA Second Team (1977, '83); Nine-time NBA All-Star (1977-85); All-Star MVP (1980); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
ABA All-Star Second Team (1975, '76); ABA All-Rookie team (1973).