George Gervin definitely has one of the coldest nicknames in NBA history, being widely known and called "The Iceman." But Gervin earned that with every right and is considered to be one of the best scorers ever, having a skillset and offensive ability ahead of his time. When he shared his all-time five a few years ago, George shared some interesting choices.
The five to win any game
Back in a 2014 interview with Bill Simmons, Gervin shared a lot of interesting stories and takes from his days in the ABA and NBA. Simmons was interested which five Gervin would assemble with guys of his era if he needed to win a basketball game, and "The Iceman" didn't overthink it too much.
"(Kareem's the first pick.) We know if we throw it down there, we gonna get high percentage points...Then I have a Magic at the point. Then I have me at the two. Then I have Doc (Julius Erving) at the three. Then I have Moses at the four. Young Moses. It's a hard team to beat."
George Gervin, Bill Simmons's BS Report
Having two lethal scorers like Gervin and Dr. J on the wings with Magic feeding them the ball, along with the mix of finesse and force on the block with Moses and Kareem, sounds like a perfect fit. It maybe doesn't feature your usual legends like Michael Jordan or Larry Bird, but it's refreshing to hear some different names.
Where's MJ though?
Gervin honored the guys he had a lot of battles with and, of course, put himself into the dream lineup, showing the same confidence and swag "The Iceman" once displayed on the court. Although it's a great lineup, you know there will be fans raving about how he can leave MJ out and put himself, but the fact of the matter is that Gervin and Jordan overlapped each other's primes.
The two even shared the locker room in Gervin's last season in the NBA. Gervin was 33 years old and past his prime, while Jordan, on the other hand, was getting set to take over the league. Gervin once said he felt Michael didn't really respect him too much because he was on his way out. If he had seen Ice in his heyday, that relationship could have been entirely different.
Maybe that even played a hand in his choice, but Gervin probably wanted to shout out the guys from his time instead of giving one more nod to MJ, who finds his way into 99.9% of these dream fives anyways.