George Irvine

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George Irvine
Personal information
Born (1948-02-01)February 1, 1948
Seattle, Washington
Died May 8, 2017(2017-05-08) (aged 69)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Ballard (Seattle, Washington)
College Washington (1967–1970)
NBA draft 1970 / Round: 8 / Pick: 125th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1970–1976
Position Small forward
Number 31, 20
Career history
As player:
19701975 Virginia Squires
1976 Denver Nuggets
As coach:
19771980 Denver Nuggets (assistant)
19801983 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
Indiana Pacers
19911995 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
19951997 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
1999–2000 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
20002001 Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA statistics
Points 3,093 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds 959 (3.0 rpg)
Assists 428 (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 after a long battle with cancer.[2]

Head Coaching Record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season 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


  1. ^ 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012
  2. ^ George Irvine, one of the original Virginia Squires, succumbs to cancer

External links

  • George Irvine playing statistics at
  • George Irvine Coach Info at

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