3. George McGinnis

After playing one year at the University of Indiana, George McGinnis would sign with the ABA's Indiana Pacers, who would sign underclassmen, whereas the NBA did not at the time.  The "Baby Bull" had a good rookie season where the Power Forward was a starter on the Pacers' 1972 Championship Team, but it was, but in 1972-73 he would go to his first of three straight ABA All-Star Games while averaging 27.6 Points per Game and was the Playoff MVP on Indiana’s 1973 repeat win.

That was the last ABA title for McGinnis, but he would be a First Team All-ABA Selection in his next two years with Indiana, and in what would be his final season in the league he would be named the ABA MVP with a 29.8 PPG (league leading) with 14.8 Rebounds per Game. 

McGinnis would then join the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA but would return home to Indiana in the middle of the 1979-90 season with the Pacers were now in the NBA.

McGinnis would be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Acquired: Signed prior to the 1971/72 Season.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia 76ers 7/10/75.

    Acquired (2): Traded from the Denver Nuggets for Alex English and a 1980 1st Round Pick (which would be Carl Nicks) 2/1/80.

    Departed (2): Waived 10/27/82.
  • Games Played: 487
  • Per Game Averages: 32.8 MP
    .468 eFG%
    .650 FT%
    19.6 PTS
    10.7 RB
    3.3 AST
    *1.8 STL
    **0.5 BLK

    *Steals were not a stat until the 1973/74 Season.
    **Blocks were not a stat until the 1972/73 Season.

  • Advanced Stats: 19.9 PER
    .511 TS%
    ***11.1 VORP
    41.4 WS

    ***VORP was not a stat until the 1973/74 Season.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    ABA Champion (1972 & 1973)
    ABA MVP (1975)
    First Team All-ABA (1974 & 1975)
    Second Team All-ABA (1973)
    ABA All-Star (1973, 1974 & 1975)
    ABA Playoffs MVP (1973)
    ABA First Team All-Rookie (1972)
    Most Field Goal Attempts (1974-75)
    Most Free Throws (1974-75)
    Most Free Throw Attempts (1972-73, 1973-74 & 1974-75)
    Most Points (1974-75)
    Most Points per Game (1974-75)
    Highest Usage Percentage (1974-75)

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