21 Hall of Famers you had no idea played with each other

LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal
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14) George Gervin and Julius Irving

Many NBA fans may not be aware that there used to be an ABA team located in Virginia named the Virginia Squires. Not only that, but it featured then-future NBA stars such as Julius Irving, Rick Barry, and George Gervin. Actually, Irving and Gervin playing together during the 1972–73 season.

At the time, Irving was the more established player, but not by much. Irving was 22 and had a season's worth of experience but he was already a superstar, averaging 31.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.8 blocks. Meanwhile, Gervin was two years younger and a rookie, coming off the bench.

Despite that, Irving took to mentoring Gervin, and it quickly paid off. After Irving was sent to the New York Nets in the summer of 1973, Gervin became a star for the Squires in 1973–74 before being traded to the San Antonio Spurs. There, he would evolve into a superstar both in the ABA and later in the NBA.

Irving would do the same for the Nets and later for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Ultimately, both would become two of the most iconic players of their era after spending a season as teammates.