|Birthplace:||Daytona Beach, Fla.|
George McCloud (born May 27, 1967 in Daytona Beach, Florida) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on January 10, 1995.
McCloud played collegiately at Florida State where he led the Seminoles to two NCAA tournament appearances. His scoring average rose each season from 4.3 points per game as a freshman to 22.8 ppg his senior year. He was named MVP of the Metro Conference in 1988-1989 and finished his career at Florida State as the school's third all-time leading scorer with 1,574 points. McCloud was honored in 1994 when he was inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Indiana Pacers selected McCloud in the first round of the 1989 NBA draft. He played four seasons in Indiana before going to play in Italy for Scavolini Pasaro in 1993.
Upon returning to the States, the 6'8 forward joined Rapid City of the CBA, where he made the all-star team. Shortly after that game, another opportunity came calling in the NBA, this time with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs signed McCloud to a couple of ten-day contracts prior to signing him for the remainder of the 1994-1995 season. The next year, McCloud posted the best numbers of his career as he scored 19.9 ppg over 79 games for Dallas. That culminated a run of six straight seasons in the NBA where he was able to increase his scoring average each year. McCloud also represented the Mavericks in the NBA's 1996 all-star festivities where he made the semi-finals Saturday's three-point shootout.
The end of that season also saw McCloud place second in the NBA record books for most three point shots in a game with 20 against New Jersey on March 5, 1996. Just over a month later on April 9, he set his career high for points in a game with 37 in a game against Sacramento.
He began 1996-1997 with Dallas and played in 41 games averaging 13.7 ppg. However, on February 17, 1997, he was traded to New Jersey with Sam Cassell, Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson and Eric Montross for Shawn Bradley, Ed O'Bannon, Robert Pack and Khalid Reeves.
Only three days after that trade, the Nets sent him on to the Lakers where he finished the season. He played two additional seasons in Phoenix before moving to Denver where he played a final three years.
McCloud still sits fifth on the Mavs' all-time list of three-point field goals made with 369, and attempted with 972.