The Sixers season finally begins tomorrow against the Washington Wizards. If at least one of their heralded prospects live up to the careers of these guys, Philadelphia will be happy. Let’s get this underway.
Note: All statistics and credentials are when the player was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and/or Syracuse Nationals.
10. Maurice Cheeks (1978-1989)
Statistics: 12.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, 2.3 steals per game.
Credentials: NBA Champion, four-time NBA All-Star, four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
Some may know him as an NBA coach now, but Mo could ball in his day. The only player on this list who isn’t in the Hall of Fame, he was a key player on the last dominant Sixers championship team in 1983, alongside two others that appear on this list.
9. Chet Walker (1962-1969)
Statistics: 16.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, N/A blocks, N/A steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, three-time NBA All-Star.
Walker played his first season with the Syracuse Nationals and his next six with the Philadelphia 76ers, winning a championship in 1967. Speaking of that team…
8. Billy Cunningham (1965-1972, 1974-1976)
Statistics: 20.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, three-time All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Second Team, four-time NBA All-Star.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel was so good he also won the Most Valuable Player award in the ABA after leaving the Sixers for the Carolina Cougars in 1972. He’s the second of four players from the dominant 1967 team.
7. Hal Greer (1958-1973)
Statistics: 19.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, N/A blocks, N/A steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, seven-time All-NBA Second Team, 10-time NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Another Syracuse/Philadelphia hybrid, Greer was an All-Star 10 years in a row and is the third player from the 1967 championship squad on the list.
6. Moses Malone (1982-1986, 1993-1994)
Statistics: 21.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, two-time All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Second Team, four-time NBA All-Star, NBA All-Defensive First Team.
The Chairman of the Boards had an impressive career as a whole and won his only championship with the 76ers in 1983. If the Sixers didn’t trade for him, they probably would still only have two NBA Championships in 1955 and 1967.
5. Charles Barkley (1984-1992)
Statistics: 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.7 steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, four-time All-NBA First Team, three-time All-NBA Second Team, six-time NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP.
The Round Mound of Rebound was ruthless on the boards back in the day and hasn’t changed on television. Too bad he won an NBA MVP award with the Phoenix Suns the year after he left Philadelphia, or he may be higher up than he already is.
4. Dolph Schayes (1948-1964)
Statistics: 18.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, N/A blocks, N/A steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, six-time All-NBA First Team, six-time All-NBA Second Team, 12-time NBA All-Star.
The six-foot-eight center/power forward played fourteen seasons for the Nationals and one season for the 76ers earning himself a spot in the top 5. He is the lone representative on this list of the team that won the franchise their first title in 1955.
3. Julius Erving (1976-1987)
Statistics: 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.8 steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, NBA MVP, five-time All-NBA First Team, two-time All-NBA Second Team, 11-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Dr. J coming in at number three shows how rich the Philadelphia 76ers history is. He is one of the most transcendent players of his time, but so was……
2. Allen Iverson (1996-2006)
Statistics: 27.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.3 steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA MVP, three-time All-NBA First Team, three-time All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team, nine-time NBA All-Star.
AI is quite possibly the best pound-for-pound NBA player ever. Standing at a slim five-foot-11, he took the Sixers to the 2001 Finals and stole a game from the mighty Los Angeles Lakers virtually by himself. He has a convincing argument to be labeled the best Philadelphia 76er that ever lived.
1. Wilt Chamberlain (1965-1968)
Statistics: 27.6 points, 23.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists, N/A blocks, N/A steals per game.
Credentials: Hall of Famer, NBA Champion, three-time NBA MVP, three-time All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Second Team, four-time NBA All-Star.
First off, I couldn’t help but notice the top two players in Sixers history averaged the same number of points per game (27.6) which also ends in a 76. But anyway, Chamberlain’s statistics and credentials speak for themselves. Iverson and Erving gave him a solid run for number one, but the championship put him just ahead of AI and the statistics put him just ahead of Dr. J. Even though he only played four seasons for the Sixers, the Stilt claims the top spot. Oh, and he is the fourth and final player from that 125 point per game, 68 win, 1967 NBA Finals Champion team.
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