George McGinnis was drafted into the ABA from Indiana University in 1971.
13 Facts About George McGinnis
George McGinnis was named Mr Basketball for the state of Indiana that year.
George McGinnis averaged 29.9 points per game in his lone season in Bloomington earning All-American and All-Big Ten Honors in 1971.
George McGinnis played for coach Lou Watson, the year before IU hired Bob Knight.
George 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.
George McGinnis 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.
George McGinnis nearly averaged a triple-double in the playoffs that year, but the Pacers fell short of the title, losing to Kentucky in the ABA Finals.
Two years into his professional career, George McGinnis was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 22nd overall pick in the second round of the 1973 NBA draft.
George McGinnis made the All-NBA First Team in his debut season with the 76ers, and was selected to two All-Star games in his three seasons with the team.
George McGinnis helped lead the 76ers through the playoffs to the NBA Finals in 1977 by averaging 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per playoff game, where he and the 76ers lost in six games to the Portland Trail Blazers.
George McGinnis was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 1978 for Bobby Jones, and was an All-Star again that season.
On January 9,1980, George McGinnis scored an NBA career-high 43 points, along with grabbing 12 rebounds, in a game against the Houston Rockets.
George McGinnis is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Pacers.