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George McGinnis
Born August 12, 1950 (1950-08-12) (age 59)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
College Indiana
Draft 1973 – 2nd round (4th pick, 22nd overall)
by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1971–1982
Former teams Indiana Pacers (1971–75)
Philadelphia 76ers (1975–78)
Denver Nuggets (1978–80)
Indiana Pacers (1980–82)
Awards 1975 ABA MVP
For the United States general see: George Francis McGinnis

George F. McGinnis (born August 12, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American professional basketball player, most notably with the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) (from 1971 to 1975). He was drafted into the ABA from Indiana University in 1972. In the '71-72 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.

George McGinnis was one of the marquee players of the ABA, and later teamed with fellow ABA alumni Julius Erving and Caldwell Jones on the Philadelphia 76ers that made the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals in 1977. McGinnis finished out his NBA playing career with the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.

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.

McGinnis attended Washington High School in Indianapolis, where in 1969 his team went unbeaten for the season and won the state 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.

ABA and NBA achievements

  • Member of the 1972 and 1973 Indiana Pacers ABA championship teams.
  • Second Team All-ABA selection in 1973.
  • Three ABA All-Star selections (1973-1975).
  • Three All-ABA First Team selections (1974-1976).
  • 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
Preceded by
Julius Erving
American Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (with Julius Erving)
Succeeded by
Julius Erving
Preceded by
Freddie Lewis
American Basketball Association Playoffs Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Julius Erving


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