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Pacers legend George McGinnis finally earns Hall of Fame nod

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The former local legend who helped deliver two ABA championships for the Pacers now adds Hall of Famer to his list of accomplishments.

2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Justice was finally served with regard to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday when they announced the election of Hoosier hoops legend, George McGinnis as a member of the 2017 class.

McGinnis was the only player with his number in the rafters at the Fieldhouse that had not been named to the Hall, so now his banner will be altered to include the Hall of Fame designation like banners for Reggie Miller, Roger Brown, Mel Daniels and Slick Leonard.

The honor is overdue when you consider the career that McGinnis delivered on the hardwood. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball led Washington High school to an undefeated season and state title. After playing a year at IU, McGinnis joined the Pacers where he played a big role in the team winning the 1972 and 1973.

McGinnis also earned the ABA MVP award after the 1973 season which made him the only ABA or NBA MVP to not be elected into the Hall of Fame. That is, until today when McGinnis can finally put the final line on his hoops resume which was a long time coming.