George McGinnis

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George McGinnis
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McGinnis with the Indiana Pacers during a game in the 1972-73 season versus the Kentucky Colonels
Personal information
Born (1950-08-12) August 12, 1950 (age 68)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school George Washington
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Indiana (1970–1971)
NBA draft 1973 / Round: 2 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1971–1982
Position Power forward / Center
Number 30
Career history
19711975 Indiana Pacers
19751978 Philadelphia 76ers
19781980 Denver Nuggets
19801982 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 17,009 (20.2 ppg)
Rebounds 9,233 (11.0 rpg)
Assists 3,089 (3.7 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

George F. McGinnis (born August 12, 1950) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted into the ABA from Indiana University in 1971.

High school career[edit]

McGinnis attended Washington High School in Indianapolis, where in 1969, his team went unbeaten for the season and won the state basketball championship. McGinnis set an Indiana state tournament scoring record with 148 points in his final four games. He was also named Mr. Basketball for the state of Indiana that year.

College career[edit]

In the 1970–71 season at Indiana, McGinnis became the first sophomore to lead the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding. He averaged 29.9 points per game in his lone season in Bloomington earning All-American and All-Big Ten Honors in 1971.

Professional career[edit]

McGinnis immediately became one of the marquee players of the ABA, playing a key role on the Indiana Pacers' championship teams in each of his first two seasons with his hometown franchise. He was named the ABA Playoffs MVP in 1973, averaging 23.9 points and 12.3 rebounds in 18 playoffs games to help the Pacers repeat as champs. His best season came in 1974-75, when McGinnis scored a career-high 29.8 points per game en route to ABA MVP honors. He nearly averaged a triple-double in the playoffs that year (32.3 points, 15.9 rebounds, and 8.2 assists in 18 games), but the Pacers fell short of the title, losing to Kentucky in the ABA Finals.

McGinnis jumped over to the NBA following the 1974-75 season, and he didn't skip a beat. He made the All-NBA First Team in his debut season with the Philadelphia 76ers, who had originally drafted him in the 1973 NBA Draft. Teaming up with fellow ABA alumni Julius Erving and Caldwell Jones, McGinnis helped lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 1977. McGinnis was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 1978, and was an All-Star again that season. Hoping to boost sagging attendance in their early NBA years, the Pacers re-acquired McGinnis in a trade for a young, high-scoring forward named Alex English. However, McGinnis was only a shadow of his former self, and contributed very little during his two-year return to Indiana. Meanwhile, English went on to become one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. This transaction is now considered among the worst trades in Pacers' history.[by whom?]

McGinnis is one of four players (the others are Roger Brown, Reggie Miller, and Mel Daniels) to have his jersey (#30) retired by the Pacers. Now that McGinnis is inducted into Springfield, all four players are part of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After basketball[edit]

On April 1, 2017, it was announced that McGinnis was part of the 2017 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, alongside Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, and Rebecca Lobo. [1] He was inducted on September 8th.

ABA and NBA achievements[edit]

  • Member of the 1972 and 1973 Indiana Pacers ABA championship teams.
  • Second Team All-ABA selection in 1973.
  • Two All-ABA First Team selections (1974–1975).
  • Three ABA All-Star selections (1973–1975).
  • Selected as ABA Co-MVP, with Julius Erving, in 1975.
  • Won the ABA scoring title in 1975.
  • First Team All-NBA selection in 1976.
  • Second Team All-NBA selection in 1977.
  • Three NBA All-Star selections (1976, 1977, and 1979).
  • Member of the ABA's All-Time Team.
  • Number retired by Indiana Pacers.
  • Inducted Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame September, 2017



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