George Gervin was drafted with the 40th pick of the 1974 NBA Draft, by the Phoenix Suns. The career he forged however was with the San Antonio Spurs. Gervin was a scoring machine averaging 25.1 points per game across his career.
Given the nickname ‘The Iceman’ Gervin would appear in 9 straight NBA All-Star games which is a testament to his domination and popularity across his career. To add to his resume, Gervin also featured in 3 x ABA All-Star games before he crossed over to the NBA. Gervin’s best scoring season would come in 1980 when he averaged an amazing 33.1 points per game.
Not only is George Gervin is one of the all time great Spurs, but he is also one of the all time greats to play the game of basketball. His number #44 has been retired by the Spurs and he will forever be etched in their history.
Taken with the 20th pick of the 1975 NBA Draft, by the Golden State Warriors, Gus Williams would become a prolific scorer in the NBA over his short career. Given the nickname ‘The Wizard’ Gus had an offensive arsenal ahead of his time. However his first two seasons in the league didn’t exactly set the world on fire averaging 11.7 and 9.3 points a game for the Warriors.
Subsequently he was let go by the Warriors and given a lifeline by the Seattle Supersonics who signed him in 1977 as a veteran free agent. Here he would shine putting up sensational numbers across 6 seasons with the Sonics. In just his second season at the Sonics he would win an NBA championship in 1978 -79 helping his team by scoring a staggering playoff average of 26.7 points a game. His career best year came in 1982, when he averaged 23.4 points, 6.9 assists and 2.2 steals a game across the whole season.This would see him become an All-Star for the first time. Gus would again be an All-Star the very next season capping off a remarkable few years in Seattle. ‘The Wizard’ had mesmerised the Sonics faithful, but ultimately all good things come to and end and he was traded to the Bullets and then Hawks before his career ended in 1987.
Gus Williams was a true icon of the game!
We are going back to the glory days of the Knicks. Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was taken with the 5th pick of the 1967 NBA Draft, by the New York Knicks. In his Rookie season Frazier averaged 9.0 points per game and 4 assists. With more minutes in his second season, Frazier started to flourish lifting his averages to 17.5 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds a game. Frazier had arrived!
The 1969-70 season would see the Knicks win the NBA Championship. Widely regarded as one of the NBA’s greatest ever teams assembled, Frazier at Point-Guard was the general of the team and would become an instant superstar/rockstar of the league. That famous season, he averaged 20.9 points, 8.2 assists and 6 rebounds a game. ‘The Garden’ was jam-packed to watch the Knicks every game, as groupies and fans would swamp Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, to see the latest fashion he would wear to each game.
Known as one of the most stylish players on and off the court, Frazier continued to become one of the leagues best Point-Guards, and it was in 1971 that the Knicks would acquire via trade, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe. Frazier and Monroe would form one of the greatest ever backcourts, simply dismantling teams with their high basketball IQs and brilliant ball handling skills. The Knicks would again become the NBA Champions of the 1972-73 season, and once again Walt Frazier would have a sensational season averaging 21.1 points, 5.9 assists and 7.3 rebounds a game.
Frazier was a 7x All-Star, and one of the greatest ever Knicks. Surprisingly to Frazier, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977, a move that Frazier did not approve of. Frazier would play 3 years at the Cavs before retiring in 1980. He finished with career numbers of 18.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds. Walt ‘Clyde’ Fazier will be remembered as one of the true greats to ever play the game.
Watch highlights of Frazier here:
Frazier scores 36 points
The Knicks retired Frazier’s number #10 Jersey in 1979.
Frazier is still a commentator to this day for the MSG network.