San Antonio Spurs legend and basketball Hall of Famer George Gervin is one of the most unique talents to ever play in the NBA. He averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and he ended up with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game.
For obvious reasons, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time.
This week, Gervin appeared on the Knuckleheads Podcast with Darius Miles & Quentin Richardson and spoke out on a myriad of intriguing topics. One of the most interesting? His five best players of all time.
“Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Julius Irvin, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, and LeBron [James],” he said.
“LeBron and Kevin [Durant] I put them in the same kind of bag so you know, them my top guys that I think of man.”
Durant, in particular, really reminds Gervin of himself.
“He scores different than me, but as far as putting it in the hole he’s just as effective,” Gervin said.
“You know, once he added that inbetween game, he’s even gonna more effective, you know? I told him ‘Once you start shooting that inbetween man, you’re 6’11” and nobody’s there!’ He shoots deeper than me, I mean he just is– to me an unbelievable player with his size and what he’s able to do, man. He is definitely one of the top in the league, man.”
Gervin also offered his thoughts on the social justice campaign that swept the league last year.
“You go back to the Bill Russell days and there was still a racial divide,” he said.
“When I came up we didn’t really have a voice, you know? But it’s good to see now. You’ve got the players speaking up and forcing the shift – you gotta always remember that. The players make the league.
“So when you have guys like LeBron, Chris Paul speaking up saying we’re not going to allow this, you gotta do something, you gotta help. Now things are being done. If these guys wouldn’t say nothing, we don’t know what could be done. The players have to step up and be the voice.”
Any time the legends talk, it’s worth listening to. Gervin was an incredible player and will forever be a hoops icon.