George Mikan

1924 - 2005

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George Lawrence Mikan Jr. (; June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed "Mr. Basketball", was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Mikan has received more than 2,411,938 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). George Mikan is the 33rd most popular basketball player (down from 31st in 2019), the 2,861st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,907th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Basketball Player.

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Among basketball players, George Mikan ranks 33 out of 1,757Before him are John Havlicek, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Derrick Rose, and Bob Cousy. After him are Ben Wallace, John Stockton, Dirk Nowitzki, Anatoli Polivoda, Bob Pettit, and Charles Barkley.

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Among people born in 1924, George Mikan ranks 138Before him are Allan Edwall, E. P. Thompson, Machiko Kyō, Chet Atkins, Mohammed Rafi, and Alime Abdenanova. After him are Charles Bachman, Lefter Küçükandonyadis, Karlheinz Deschner, Carlo Bergonzi, Margit Sandemo, and Donatas Banionis. Among people deceased in 2005, George Mikan ranks 91Before him are Ed McBain, Amrita Pritam, Jef Raskin, Julio César Turbay Ayala, Edward Bunker, and Erich Topp. After him are Simone Simon, Philip Morrison, Ghena Dimitrova, Leo Sternbach, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and George P. Cosmatos.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Mikan ranks 2,861 out of 20,380Before him are Helen Frankenthaler (1928), Selena (1971), Alan Dershowitz (1938), Saul Perlmutter (1959), Cy Young (1867), and John W. Campbell (1910). After him are Rodney Alcala (1943), Mabel Normand (1892), Robert Ressler (1937), Lizzie Magie (1866), Charles Bachman (1924), and Karl Guthe Jansky (1905).


Among basketball players born in United States, George Mikan ranks 22Before him are Elgin Baylor (1934), John Havlicek (1940), Scottie Pippen (1965), Karl Malone (1963), Derrick Rose (1988), and Bob Cousy (1928). After him are Ben Wallace (1974), John Stockton (1962), Bob Pettit (1932), Charles Barkley (1963), Moses Malone (1955), and Stephen Curry (1988).