George Irvine

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George Irvine
Personal information
Born(1948-02-01)February 1, 1948
Seattle, Washington
DiedMay 8, 2017(2017-05-08) (aged 69)
Seattle, Washington
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolBallard (Seattle, Washington)
CollegeWashington (1967–1970)
NBA draft1970 / Round: 8 / Pick: 125th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1970–1976
PositionSmall forward
Number31, 20
Career history
As player:
19701975Virginia Squires
1976Denver Nuggets
As coach:
19771980Denver Nuggets (assistant)
19801983Indiana Pacers (assistant)
Indiana Pacers
19911995Indiana Pacers (assistant)
19951997Golden State Warriors (assistant)
1999–2000Detroit Pistons (assistant)
20002001Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Pac-8 (1970)
  • Second-team All-Pac-8 (1969)
Career ABA statistics
Points3,093 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds959 (3.0 rpg)
Assists428 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

George R. Irvine (February 1, 1948 – May 8, 2017) was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'6" forward, Irvine played collegiately at the University of Washington, where he was a first-team All-Pac-8 selection in 1970. He was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 8th round of the 1970 NBA Draft. However, he never played for his hometown SuperSonics, nor for any other NBA team. Instead, Irvine opted to play for the team that selected him in the American Basketball Association draft, the Virginia Squires. Irvine played for the Squires for five seasons and then played a final pro season with the Denver Nuggets during the 1975-76 season, the ABA's final season prior to the ABA-NBA merger.

Irvine would later serve as head coach for two NBA teams; the Indiana Pacers, for two stints, and the Detroit Pistons. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, March 10, 2012.[1] He died on May 8, 2017 at the age of 69 of cancer.[2]

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Indiana 1984–85 82 22 60 .268 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Indiana 1985–86 82 26 56 .317 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
Indiana 1988–89 20 6 14 .300
Detroit 1999–2000 24 14 10 .583 4th in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Detroit 2000–01 82 32 50 .390 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
Career 290 100 190 .345 3 0 3 .000


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