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Philadelphia 76ers Conference Eastern Conference Division Atlantic Founded 1946 Joined NBA in 1949. History Syracuse Nationals (1946–1963) Philadelphia 76ers (1963–present) Arena Wachovia Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Black, Red, Gold, Silver and Blue Owner Comcast-Spectacor General manager Ed Stefanski Head coach Maurice Cheeks D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks Championships 3 (1954-55, 1966-67, 1982-83) Conference titles 5 (1976-77, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 2000-01) Division titles 11 (1949-50, 1951-52, 1954-55, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1982-83, 1989-90, 2000-01) Official website sixers.com Philadelphia portal The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Contents 1 Franchise history 1.1 Syracuse Nationals 1.2 Welcome back to the NBA, Philadelphia 1.3 The unforgettable 1966-67 season 1.4 The fall and rebirth of the 76ers 1.5 Dr. J and the 76ers 1.6 The historic 1982-83 season: "Fo', Fo', Fo'." 1.7 Charles In Charge 1.8 The "Dark Ages" 1.9 "The Answer", and the 2000-01 season 1.10 Another downturn 1.11 Moving On From Iverson 1.12 A "Brand" New Era 2 Team logos 3 Uniform history 4 Season-by-season records 5 Home arenas 6 Players 6.1 Basketball Hall of Famers 6.2 Retired numbers 6.3 Current roster 6.4 76ers depth chart 7 Coaches and others 7.1 Basketball Hall of Famers 8 Individual awards 9 References 10 External links Franchise history Syracuse Nationals
Main article: Syracuse Nationals The 76ers are the NBA's oldest franchise. In 1946, Danny Biasone sent a $5,000 check to the National Basketball League offices in Chicago, and the Syracuse Nationals became the largely Midwest-based league's easternmost team.  In 1949, the Nationals were one of seven NBL teams that merged with the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA. In 1955, the Nationals (led by forward Dolph Schayes) won the NBA championship. Welcome back to the NBA, Philadelphia By the early 1960s, the NBA's Nationals were struggling. Syracuse was the last of the medium-sized cities, but it was too small for a professional team to be profitable. Paper magnate Irv Kosloff bought the Nationals from Danny Biasone and moved them to Philadelphia in 1963. The NBA thus returned to Philadelphia one year after the Warriors had left for San Francisco. A contest was held to decide on their new name and the winner was the late Walt Stahlberg. Their name was changed to the "76ers," after 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. The nickname was quickly shortened to "Sixers" by headline writers, and the two names soon became interchangeable for marketing purposes. For their first four years in Philadelphia, the Sixers played mostly at the Philadelphia Arena and Civic Center-Convention Hall, with an occasional game at The Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania.
In the 1964-65 season, the 76ers acquired the legendary Wilt Chamberlain from the Warriors; Chamberlain had been a high school legend in Philadelphia and began his career with the Warriors while they still played in Philadelphia. In Chamberlain's first full year back in Philadelphia, the Sixers ended the Boston Celtics' eight-year reign as Eastern Division regular-season champions. The 76ers would push the Celtics to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the 76ers trailing 110–108 in Game 7. After Hal Greer's pass was stolen by John Havlicek — an infamous blow to 76ers fans, rubbed in by fabled Celtics announcer Johnny Most when he yelled into the microphone "Havlicek stole the ball!" — the Celtics went on to beat the 76ers and win another NBA Championship. The unforgettable 1966-67 season Led by head coach Alex Hannum, the 76ers had a dream season as they started 46–4, en route to a record of 68–13, the best record in league history at the time. Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, and Hal Greer, along with all-stars Chet Walker, Lucious Jackson and Wali Jones led the team to the Eastern Conference finals. This time, with the Celtics aging and hurt, the 76ers beat the Celtics in five games. In Game Five of that series, as the 76ers went to victory and the NBA Finals, rabid Philadelphia fans chanted "Boston is dead!"—a symbol that the Celts' eight-year reign as NBA champion had ended. The Finals were almost anticlimatic, with the Sixers ousting the Warriors in six games to give them their first NBA Championship. The 1966-67 Sixers were voted the best team in league history during the NBA's 35th anniversary celebration. The fall and rebirth of the 76ers In the 1967-68 season, with a new home court in the form of the The Spectrum to defend their championship,once again the 76ers made it back to the NBA Playoffs and in the rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals, the 76ers held a 3–1 series lead over the Celtics, before selfish play and ego cost them big, as the Celtics came back to beat the 76ers in seven games. At the end of the season, the 76ers traded Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers for three role players. The trade was one of the most lopsided in NBA history, and sent the Sixers into a freefall. While the Sixers continued to contend for the next three seasons, they never got past the second round. In 1971-72 – only five years after winning the title – the Sixers finished 30–52 and missed postseason play for the first time in franchise history. The bottom fell out in the 1972-73 season. The 76ers lost their first 15 games of the season, and a few months later set a then-record 20 game losing streak in a single season. Their record following the 20 game losing streak was 4–58, and the team at that point had just lost 34 of 35 games. The 76ers finished the season with a 9-73 record, earning the nickname from the skeptical Philadelphia media of the "Nine and 73-ers". Under Coach Roy Rubin the Sixers won 4, and lost 47.
He was succeeded by player-coach Kevin Loughery, the team won 5, lost 26. This was Roy Rubin's first and last job coaching in the NBA. The 76ers finished an NBA-record 59 games behind the Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics. The nine wins by the 1972-73 squad is the second fewest in NBA history — to the six games won by the Providence Steamrollers in the 48 game 1947-48 season. The 73 losses, although threatened several times, remains the all-time low-water mark for any NBA franchise. The Sixers' .110 winning percentage is also the lowest in NBA history. Only six seasons earlier, the 76ers had set the NBA record for most wins in a season. The next year, the 76ers would hire Gene Shue as their head coach and they slowly came back. In the 1975-76 season, the 76ers got George McGinnis from the Indiana Pacers of the ABA (after the Knicks tried to sign him, not knowing that the Sixers owned his rights), and with him, the 76ers were back in the playoffs after a five-year absence, and even though they lost to the Buffalo Braves in three games, a "Doctor" would come along and get the team healthy enough to stay in perennial contention. Dr. J and the 76ers The 1976-77 season would be memorable for the 76ers as they acquired Julius Erving from the New York Nets, soon after the team was purchased by local philanthropist Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr., grandson of George Dunton Widener and heir to the Widener fortune. With them, the 76ers began an exciting ride for the fans of Philadelphia, beating their long-time rival from Boston in a seven-game playoff to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. There, they defeated the Houston Rockets, led by future Sixer Moses Malone, in six games to advance to the NBA Finals. There they would lose to former coach Jack Ramsay and the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers in six games, after building a commanding 2–0 series lead. That led to the 1977-78 motto of "We owe you one," which would ultimately backfire when they lost in the playoffs that season to the Washington Bullets, who went on to win the NBA championship. In the next four seasons, the Sixers would fall short of the NBA Championship, even after changing coaches to former Sixers great Billy Cunningham. In the 1980 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, they lost, four games to two. In Game Six, rookie Magic Johnson played center for the Lakers in place of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who was out because of a sprained ankle sustained in Game Five) and scored 42 points. In the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals, the 76ers opened a 3–1 series lead over the Celtics only to see Boston come back and win the series in seven games. The following season, the 76ers again faced the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and again jumped to a 3–1 series lead only to see Boston forge a 3–3 series tie. The 76ers were given little chance of winning as they faced the Celtics in Game Seven at Boston Garden. This time, they played angry but inspired basketball, pulling away to a 120–106 victory. In the game's closing moments, the Boston Garden fans began chanting "Beat L.A., Beat L.A.", an incredible moment in basketball history, and although they lost in the NBA Finals, the 76ers began the 1982-83 season with great momentum. All they needed now was Moses to lead them to the promised land of the NBA championship. The historic 1982-83 season: "Fo', Fo', Fo'." Harold Katz bought the 76ers from Dixon in 1982. On his watch, the final piece of the championship puzzle was completed before the 1982-83 season when they acquired center Malone from the aforementioned Houston Rockets. Led by Hall of Famer Julius Erving and All-Stars Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Bobby Jones they dominated the regular season, winning 65 games in what is still the second most winning year in franchise history. Malone was named League MVP, and when reporters asked how the playoffs would run, he answered, "four, four, four" — in other words, predicting that the Sixers would sweep all three rounds to win the title, with the minimum 12 games. Malone's deep voice made his boast sound like "fo', fo', fo'."
However, the Sixers backed up Malone's boast. They made a mockery of the Eastern Conference playoffs, first sweeping the New York Knicks and then beating the Milwaukee Bucks in five games. The Sixers went on to win their third NBA championship (and second in Philadelphia) with a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, who had defeated them the season before. Malone was named the playoffs' MVP. The Sixers didn't quite fulfill Malone's prediction, as their run was actually "fo', fi', fo" ("four, five, four")--a loss to the Bucks in game four of the Eastern finals being the only blemish on their playoff run. Nonetheless, their 12–1 playoff record is the second-best in league history after the 2000-2001 Lakers, who went 15–1 en route to the NBA Title coincidentally beating the 76ers in the finals. The Philadelphia-based group Pieces Of A Dream had a minor hit in 1983 with the R&B song "Fo-Fi-Fo", which title was prompted by Malone's quip. Charles In Charge After a disappointing 1983-84 season, which ended with a five-game loss to the upstart New Jersey Nets in the first round of the playoffs, Charles Barkley arrived in Philadelphia for the 1984-85 season. For the next eight seasons, Barkley brought delight to the Philadelphia fans thanks to his humorous and sometimes controversial ways. The 76ers returned to the Eastern Conference Finals, but lost to the Boston Celtics in five games. Following the season, Matt Guokas replaced Billy Cunningham as head coach, leading the Sixers to the second round of the playoffs in 1985-86, where they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games.
On June 16, 1986, Katz made two of the most controversial and highly criticized personnel moves in franchise history, trading Moses Malone to Washington and the first overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft (which had been obtained from the San Diego Clippers in a 1979 trade for Joe Bryant) to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In return, the Sixers received Roy Hinson, Jeff Ruland, and Cliff Robinson, none of whom played more than three seasons with the team. Cleveland, meanwhile, turned their acquired pick into future All-Star Brad Daugherty. The 76ers returned to the playoffs in 1986-87, but were defeated in the first round by Milwaukee, three games to two. In 1987-88, with the team's record at 20–23, Guokas was fired and replaced by assistant Jim Lynam. Lynam finished the season 16-23, and overall Philadelphia finished 36-46, failing to reach the postseason for the first time since 1974-75. Philadelphia selected Charles Smith with its first pick in the 1988 NBA Draft, then traded his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers for their first pick, Hersey Hawkins. In five seasons with the Sixers, Hawkins would average 19 points per game, and left the team as its all-time leader in three-point field goals attempted and made. In 1988-89, Philadelphia returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence, but were swept in the first round by the New York Knicks. In 1989-90, Barkley finished second in the league's MVP voting, as the 76ers won the Atlantic Division title. After defeating Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs, Philadelphia faced Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the second round. The 76ers fell to the Bulls in five games, and would do the same in 1991 after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Some people feel the two postseason losses to Chicago were the beginning of the end of Barkley's stay in Philadelphia. In 1991-92, the 76ers missed the playoffs for the just the second time during Barkley's eight seasons in Philadelphia. On June 17, 1992, Barkley was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry, and Andrew Lang, a deal that was met with harsh criticism. The "Dark Ages" Lynam relinquished his head coaching position to become general manager following the 1991-92 season, and hired Doug Moe to fill the vacancy. Moe's tenure lasted just 56 games, with the Sixers posting a 19–37 record. Popular former player and longtime assistant coach Fred Carter succeeded Moe as head coach in March of 1993, but could only manage a 32–76 record at the helm. Following the 1993-94 season, the 76ers hired John Lucas in the dual role of head coach and general manager. The enthusiastic Lucas had been successful as a head coach for the San Antonio Spurs, and Philadelphia hoped he could breathe new life into the 76ers. It proved disastrous, as the team went 42–122 in its two seasons under Lucas. The acquisition of unproductive free agents such as Scott Williams and Charles Shackleford, players at the end of their careers such as LaSalle Thompson, Orlando Woolridge, and Scott Skiles along with disappointing high draft picks such as Shawn Bradley and Sharone Wright were also factors in the team's decline. In fact, Wright played in only 4 NBA seasons while Temple product Eddie Jones — drafted 4 slots below Wright in 1994 by the L.A. Lakers — is in his 14th year as a productive NBA player. Starting with the 1990-91 season, and ending with the 1995-96 season, the 76ers had the dubious distinction of seeing their win total decrease each year. The nadir was the 1995-96 season, when they finished with an 18–64 record, the second-worst in franchise history. It was also the second-worst record in the league that year, ahead of only the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies but behind the Toronto Raptors, who were also in their inaugural season. Katz, unpopular among fans since the 1986 trades, sold the team to Comcast-Spectacor, a consortium of Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider and Comcast Corporation, at the end of the 1995-96 season. Snider had been the Sixers' landlord since gaining control of the Spectrum in 1971. Pat Croce, a former trainer for the Flyers and Sixers, took over as president. Many 76ers fans call these years "The Dark Ages." However, after many years of misfortune, there was a bright spot. The team won the lottery for the top pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. Questions remained, but with the first pick, the Sixers found their "Answer": Allen Iverson. "The Answer", and the 2000-01 season With new ownership and Iverson in place, and the 76ers moving into the CoreStates Center, things seemed to finally be heading in a positive direction. Croce fired Lucas as both coach and general manager. Johnny Davis was named head coach, while Brad Greenberg took over as general manager. Iverson was named Rookie of the Year, but Philadelphia's overall improvement was minimal, as they finished with a 22–60 record. 76ers top brass felt changes had to be made after the 1996-97 season. Changes came in the form of the firings of Davis and Greenberg and the unveiling of a new 76ers team logo and jerseys. To replace Davis, Larry Brown was hired as head coach. Known for a defense-first approach and transforming unsuccessful teams into winners by "playing the right way", Brown faced perhaps his toughest coaching challenge. He often clashed with Iverson, but the 76ers improved to 31 wins in 1997-98. In the early 1997-98 season, the Sixers traded Jerry Stackhouse, who had been the third overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, to the Detroit Pistons. In exchange, Philadelphia received Aaron McKie and Theo Ratliff, defensive standouts who would have an impact in the team's resurgence. The 76ers also acquired Eric Snow from the Seattle SuperSonics in January 1998. Prior to the 1998-99 season, the 76ers signed George Lynch and Matt Geiger, but a lengthy lockout delayed the start of the season, which was shortened to 50 games. During the season, Philadelphia acquired Tyrone Hill in a trade with Milwaukee. The team began its resurgence during this strike-shortened season, finishing with a 28–22 record and the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, marking the first time since 1991 the team reached the postseason. In the first round, Philadelphia upset the Orlando Magic, three games to one, before being swept by the Indiana Pacers. The following season, the Sixers improved to 49–33, fifth in the East. Again, the Sixers won their first round series in four games, this time defeating the Charlotte Hornets. For the second straight year, they were defeated by Indiana in the second round, this time in six games. Iverson and Brown continued to clash, and their relationship deteriorated to the point where it seemed certain Iverson would be traded. A rumored trade to the Los Angeles Clippers fell through, but a complicated four-team deal that would've seen Iverson sent to Detroit was agreed upon, only to see it dissolve due to salary cap problems. When it became clear Iverson was staying in Philadelphia, he and Brown worked to patch things up, and the team would reap the benefits in 2000-01.
During that season, the 76ers got off to a hot start by winning their first ten games, and their record would eventually swell to 41–14. Larry Brown coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars, and Allen Iverson was named MVP of the All-Star Game. Shortly before the All-Star break, Theo Ratliff was lost for the season with a wrist injury, one that would later prove to be devastating to his future career. Feeling the team needed an established center to advance deep into the playoffs, Philadelphia acquired Dikembe Mutombo from the Atlanta Hawks in a deal that sent Ratliff, Nazr Mohammed, Toni Kukoč, and Pepe Sanchez to Atlanta (Sanchez was reacquired later in the season after the Hawks waived him) In total, the team went 56–26 en route to becoming the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The 56 wins were tied for the second-most in the league behind San Antonio's 58. The Los Angeles Lakers also won 56, but gained a higher overall seed than the Sixers based on tiebreakers. In the first round of the playoffs, Philadelphia faced Indiana yet again. In Game One, the 76ers wasted an 18-point lead and lost, 79–78, when Reggie Miller hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds. Philadelphia fought back, however, and took the next three games to win the series. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Sixers squared off against the Toronto Raptors and their superstar, Vince Carter. The teams alternated wins in the first four games, with Iverson scoring 54 points in Philadelphia's Game Two victory. In Game Five, the 76ers jumped out to a 33–12 lead after the first quarter and routed the Raptors, 121–88, with Iverson contributing 52 points. Toronto won Game Six, setting the stage for Game Seven at the First Union Center. With the Sixers ahead, 88–87, Carter missed a jump shot at the buzzer to send Philadelphia into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. After the teams split the first two games of the series, it was learned Iverson would miss Game Three due to various injuries that had plagued him late in the season. Though many people felt Milwaukee would win easily, the 76ers kept the game close before falling, 80–74. The Sixers would win Games Four and Five before dropping Game Six. In Game Seven, the Bucks jumped out to a 34–25 second quarter lead before seldom-used reserve Raja Bell scored 10 points to spark a 23–4 run that gave Philadelphia the lead for good. Iverson scored 44 points, and the 76ers pulled away in the second half, winning by a 108–91 score, putting them in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1983. Their opponent would be the Los Angeles Lakers, who had run up an 11–0 record in the first three rounds of the playoffs, and were expected by many to make quick work of the Sixers. Because of a seemingly meaningless loss to the Chicago Bulls in the regular season finale (both the Sixers and the Lakers finished with identical 56–26 records), the 76ers had to open a series on the road for the first time in the 2001 playoffs.
In Game One, the Lakers jumped out to an 18–5 lead, but the Sixers stormed back to take a 15-point lead in the second half. Los Angeles fought back to force a 94–94 tie at the end of regulation. The Lakers scored the first five points of the overtime period, but the 76ers went on a 13–2 run to end the game, winning by a 107–101 score. Iverson hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the extra period, and followed that with a jump shot after which he famously stepped over Tyronn Lue after making the basket. Eric Snow hit a running jump shot in the waning seconds with the shot clock expiring to clinch the stunning victory. Los Angeles would win Game Two, 98–89. In Game Three, Shaquille O'Neal fouled out late in the fourth quarter, and the 76ers pulled to within a point with under a minute to play. Robert Horry, however, hit a three-pointer in that final minute, and the Sixers would lose, 91–86. The Lakers wrapped up the NBA title with a 100-86 win in Game Four and a 108–96 win in Game Five. The 2000-01 Sixers featured the NBA's MVP (Iverson), the NBA's coach of the year (Brown), the Defensive Player of the Year (Mutombo), and the Sixth Man of the Year (Aaron McKie). Another downturn The 76ers went into the 2001-02 season with high expectations, but were able to produce only a 43–39 record, sixth in the Eastern Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, Philadelphia was defeated by the Boston Celtics, three games to two. In 2002-03, the Sixers sprinted to a 15–4 start, but a 10–20 swoon left them 25–24 at the All-Star break. After the break, the 76ers caught fire, winning nine in a row at one point, and 23 of their last 33 to finish at 48–34, earning the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Iverson scored 55 points in the playoff opener against the New Orleans Hornets, and the Sixers went on to win the series in six games. In the second round, the Detroit Pistons ended Philadelphia's playoff run in six games. On Memorial Day, 2003, Brown abruptly resigned as head coach, taking over the reins in Detroit a few days later. After being turned down by Jeff Van Gundy and Eddie Jordan, the 76ers hired Randy Ayers, an assistant under Brown, as their new head coach. Ayers lasted only 52 games and was fired with the team's record at 21–31. Chris Ford took over, but the Sixers finished the season at 33–49, missing the playoffs for the first time in six years. Iverson, who clashed with Ford throughout the second half of the season, played only 48 games in a stormy, injury-plagued season. Following the season, Philadelphia native Jim O'Brien was named head coach. Iverson was moved back to point guard and flourished, having arguably his finest season. He also impressed many with his willingness to get other players involved in the offense. During the 2004-05 season, Philadelphia acquired Chris Webber in a trade with the Sacramento Kings, with the hopes that the team had at long last found a consistent second scoring option to compliment Iverson. Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia's first-round pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, was named to the All-Rookie First Team, and the Sixers returned to the postseason with a 43–39 record. In the first round, they were defeated in five games by the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Pistons, coached by Larry Brown. Following the season, O'Brien was fired and replaced by the popular Maurice Cheeks, who played for the team from 1978-89, and was the starting point guard for the 1983 NBA Champions. However, the coaching change did not turn around the team's fortunes. A 2–10 stretch in March doomed them to missing the playoffs for the second time in three years with a 38–44 record. With the opening of the 2006-07 season, the Sixers started out hot, going 3–0 for the first time since making it to the Finals five years previously. However, they stumbled through the first half of the season and couldn't quite recover, finishing 35-47, good for 3rd in the Atlantic Division, and 9th in the Eastern Conference (tied with Indiana). On Tuesday, December 5, 2006, disappointed with the direction the team was headed, Allen Iverson gave the 76ers management an ultimatum: find players who will help support me or trade me. This was confirmed via an in-game interview with team owner, Ed Snider. Moving On From Iverson On December 19, 2006, Allen Iverson, along with Ivan McFarlin, was sent to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith, and two first-round draft picks. On January 11, Sixers GM Billy King announced that the Sixers and aging forward Chris Webber have agreed to a buyout of the remainder of his contract. The Sixers will be paying Webber $36 million over the next 1 1/2 seasons, which is $7 million less than he would have been paid to play. After the buyout, the Sixers waived Webber, making him a free agent. Webber signed with the Detroit Pistons shortly thereafter. The Sixers drafted Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets SF Thaddeus Young with the 12th pick, traded with the Miami Heat for 21st pick Colorado State PF Jason Smith, traded with the Portland Trail Blazers for 42nd pick Vanderbilt SG/SF Derrick Byars, and then finally traded with the Utah Jazz for Providence PF Herbert Hill. On December 4, 2007, the Sixers fired Billy King and replaced him with Nets GM, Ed Stefanski. This season, the Sixers revamped their homecourt design. The logo based on their home uniforms is placed on center court, while the primary logo is placed on the right side of the baseline. The streaking ball on the left side of the court is eliminated, and the team website is placed on the sideline. The Sixers clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 4, 2008. It was their first postseason appearance since 2005, as well as the first in the post-Iverson era. However, they were eliminated by the Pistons in six games, with Detroit winning the series 4-2. Even with this elimination, many folks considered this to be a successful season, considering that the Sixers were 12 games under .500 in early February and went on to have a run that led them to the playoffs. A "Brand" New Era On July 9th, 2008, the 76ers signed power forward Elton Brand to a 5 year, $79.795 million-dollar contract. Brand had originally opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, looking to re-sign with them. But Elton saw that the 76ers offered him more money (he regarded their offer as the "Philly-Max"), and a better chance at winning an NBA Championship playing in the Eastern Conference. This move has been the subject of controversy since there were rumors that he and Baron Davis had made a friendly agreement to play together for the Clippers. Later on the team signed free agent point guard Royal Ivey of the Milwaukee Bucks who is best known for his defensive skills. Then Stefanski went on to sign 3 point shooter Kareem Rush from the Indiana Pacers. Rush has played for the LA Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats and Seattle SuperSonics.
Rush spent the next season playing in Lithuania he signed with ULEB Cup participant Lietuvos Rytas from Vilnius. Rush and Ivey were both payed minimum wage because of their one dimensional play, but they will be contributors to a growing team. In Philadelphia Brand, Rush and Ivey will be teamed up with Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Samuel Dalembert, fulfilling their need for a back-to-the-basket, power forward player who can score, rebound, and play defense; A 3 point shooter, and a defensive reserve player behind Miller and Louis Williams with more youth than Kevin Ollie. Many NBA experts have stated that these signings make Philadelphia a contender for the Eastern Conference title. Team logos 1963–1977 1977–1997 1997–present Alternate logo, 1997-Present Uniform history Year Uniform Duration Description 1963 1963-1965 The Sixers begin their run in Philadelphia with the Betsy Ross inspired uniform. 1966 1966-1970 The Sixers went to the straightforward look during their first championship run. Simple block letters with the traditional "PHILA" on the front replaced the star-spangled banner look. 1970 1970-1971 This uniform was the most unpopular and hardest uniform to produce. 1971 1971-1976 SonderLevitt Advertising designed a uniform that had a much longer lifespan than its predecessor. With the new art deco-like lettering, the uniforms retained the star-inset blue side stripe, a graphic element that remained a feature through the 70’s. 1977 1977-1978 Lettering on the jersey was readjusted. 1978 1978-1991 This uniform becomes the Sixers “hallmark” look, the Sixers played more games in this uniform than any other in the history of the franchise. The original "76ers" logo is superimposed over the image of a white basketball with blue outlines and "stitching". This logo is embossed on the right leg of the game shorts, as well as on warmup jackets and jumpsuits. Home uniforms were primarily white in color, with blue numbers/lettering and red piping. The away uniforms were primarily red, with white numbers/lettering and blue piping. There was no primarily blue uniform, although the aforementioned warmup jackets and jumpsuits that the team wore on the sidelines were primarily blue. It was used for "Hardwood Classics Nights" in the 2003 season (the road reds) and the 2008 season (the home whites) to pay tribute to the 20th and 25th anniversary of the 1983 Sixers Championship team. 1991 1991-1994 The Sixers uniform was redesigned by Champion Products and was a departure from the classic Sixers uniform. The design featured multicolored stars against a royal blue field that curved up from shorts to the jersey. 1994 1994-1997 This uniform, designed by Lucy Loeb, was actually an attempt at a throwback to the classic 78-91 Sixers look, though with modern design cues. In particular, the front featured “SIXERS” in a more ornate block lettering. 1997 1997-2000 The Sixers unveiled a completely new look in 1997 — including the first major logo change since becoming the Philadelphia 76ers in August of 1963. While some red and blue was retained, the logo was equally silver and gold, with black and white used as the primary colors throughout. For the first time in franchise history the Sixers wore a black uniform on the road, while retaining white for home games. Trimmed in red and gold, both versions feature the word “Sixers” on the front (in the same font as the logo) with numbers (black on the white unis and white on the black unis) trimmed in red on the back. 2000 2000-2007 The Sixers made a few changes in their uniforms in their NBA Finals season. On the white uniforms, the gold from the "Sixers" logo was removed and replaced with black with red drop shadow trim. On the black uniforms, red trim was added around the "Sixers" logo. Finally, an alternate blue away uniform was added to the mix, though rarely worn. 2006 2006-present The blue alternate road uniform was dropped. A new alternate road uniform was unveiled on February 11, 2007. It is red with blue accents and features the word "Phila" on the front. 2007 2007-present The 76ers again made changes to both their road and home uniforms for the 2007 season. This time the trim on the shoulder sleeves was removed all together (the trim around the neck still stays intact). The logo remains the same but the number on the front has been centered. The trim on the shorts has also been removed. Replacing the trim on the shorts is one continuous red pinstripe which starts at the bottom of the shorts and travels up and to the back of the new look jersey. It is currently unknown whether or not will sport the same look, but it's probable. The revamped black road jersey can be seen in new photos taken of their recent draft picks and on the media day pictures. Season-by-season records Main article: Philadelphia 76ers seasons Home arenas Convention Hall and Philadelphia Arena (1963–1967) The Spectrum (1967-1996) Wachovia Center (1996-Present) Players Main article: Philadelphia 76ers all-time roster Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley Al Cervi Wilt Chamberlain Billy Cunningham Julius Erving Hal Greer Bailey Howell Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player) Moses Malone Dolph Schayes Retired numbers 2 Moses Malone, C, 1982–1986 & 1993-1994 (never officially retired, but taken out of circulation) 6 Julius Erving, F, 1976–1987 10 Maurice Cheeks, G, 1978–1989; current Head Coach since 2005 13 Wilt Chamberlain, C, 1965–1968 (also Philadelphia native, and Philadelphia Warriors, 1959–62) 15 Hal Greer, G, 1963–1973 (1958–1973 if Syracuse Nationals service is included) 24 Bobby Jones, F, 1978–1986 32 Billy Cunningham, F, 1965–1972 & 1974-1975; Head Coach, 1977–1985 (unretired for Charles Barkley during the 1991-92 NBA season). 34 Charles Barkley, F, 1984–1992 Microphone - Dave Zinkoff, public-address announcer, 1963–1985 (also Warriors, 1946–1962) Erving, Chamberlain, Cunningham, Barkley and Sonny Hill (team executive and director of youth basketball programs in the city) have also been inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Current roster Philadelphia 76ers roster Players Coaches Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From 4.0 PF 42 USA Brand, Elton 80 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 254 lb (115 kg) Duke 5.0 C 1 CAN Dalembert, Samuel 83 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Seton Hall 4.0 PF 30 USA Evans, Reggie 80 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Iowa 2.0 SG 33 USA Green, Willie 75 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Detroit 4.5 F/C 35 USA Hill, Herbert (FA) 82 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Providence 2.5 G/F 9 USA Iguodala, Andre 78 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Arizona 1.0 PG 36 USA Ivey, Royal 76 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Texas 1.0 PG 7 USA Miller, Andre 74 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Utah 1.0 PG 12 USA Ollie, Kevin (FA) 75 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Connecticut 4.0 PF USA Randolph, Shavlik (FA) 82 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Duke 2.0 SG USA Rush, Kareem 78 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Missouri 4.0 PF 14 USA Smith, Jason 84 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Colorado State 4.5 F/C 16 USA Speights, Marreese 82 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Florida 1.0 PG 23 USA Williams, Louis 73 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) South Gwinnett HS (GA) 3.0 SF 21 USA Young, Thaddeus 80 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Georgia Tech Head coach Maurice Cheeks (West Texas State*) Assistant coach(es) John Loyer (Akron) Henry Bibby (UCLA) Jim Lynam (Saint Joseph's) Moses Malone (Petersburg HS (VA))
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Legend (C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent Injured -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roster • Transactions Last change: 2008-07-30 76ers depth chart Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive C Samuel Dalembert Marreese Speights PF Elton Brand Reggie Evans Jason Smith SF Thaddeus Young Kareem Rush SG Andre Iguodala Willie Green PG Andre Miller Louis Williams Royal Ivey Coaches and others See also: List of Philadelphia 76ers head coaches Basketball Hall of Famers Daniel Biasone (contributor—founding owner and principal advocate of shot clock) Chuck Daly (coach) Alex Hannum (coach) Jack Ramsay (coach) Larry Brown (coach) Benny Borgmann (coach) 1946-48 Hip-Hop the Rabbit (Mascot) Individual awards All-time Leading Scorer Hal Greer NBA MVP of the Year Wilt Chamberlain - 1966, 1967, 1968 Julius Erving - 1981 Moses Malone - 1983 Allen Iverson - 2001 NBA Finals MVP Moses Malone - 1983 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo - 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year Allen Iverson - 1997 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Bobby Jones - 1983 Aaron McKie - 2001 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Dana Barros - 1993 NBA Coach of the Year Dolph Schayes - 1966 Larry Brown - 2001 All-NBA First Team Dolph Schayes - 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958 Wilt Chamberlain - 1966, 1967, 1968 Bill Cunningham - 1969, 1970, 1971 George McGinnis - 1976 Julius Erving - 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 Moses Malone - 1983, 1984 Charles Barkley - 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 Allen Iverson - 1999, 2001, 2005 All-NBA Second Team Al Cervi - 1950 Dolph Schayes - 1950, 1951, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961 Paul Seymour - 1954, 1955 Larry Costello - 1961 Hal Greer - 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Wilt Chamberlain - 1965 Bill Cunningham - 1972 George McGinnis - 1977 Julius Erving - 1977 Charles Barkley - 1986, 1987, 1992 Allen Iverson - 2000, 2002, 2003 Dikembe Mutombo - 2001 All-NBA Third Team Dikembe Mutombo - 2002 Allen Iverson - 2006 NBA All-Defensive First Team Bobby Jones - 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 Caldwell Jones - 1981, 1982 Maurice Cheeks - 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 Moses Malone - 1983 Dikembe Mutombo - 2001 NBA All-Defensive Second Team Bobby Jones - 1985 Maurice Cheeks - 1987 Rick Mahorn - 1990 Theo Ratliff - 1999 Dikembe Mutombo - 2002 Eric Snow - 2003 NBA All-Rookie First Team Lucious Jackson - 1965 Billy Cunningham - 1966 Fred Boyd - 1973 Charles Barkley - 1985 Hersey Hawkins - 1989 Jerry Stackhouse - 1996 Allen Iverson - 1997 Andre Iguodala - 2005 NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Clarence Weatherspoon - 1993 Shawn Bradley - 1994 Sharone Wright - 1995 Tim Thomas - 1998 Thaddeus Young - 2008 References ^ Ramsey, David (1995). The Nats. Pine Tree Publishers.. ^ nba.com/history, Top 10 Teams in NBA History, accessed January 16, 2007 ^ Sachare, Alex (2008). "NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition: The Best Team Ever". ^ DiTore, Larry (2007-12-04). "NBA's 76ers Fire General Manager King, Hire Nets' Stefanski", Bloomberg.com. Retrieved on 2007-12-04. External links Philadelphia 76ers official web site 76ers Official Myspace Preceded by Minneapolis Lakers 1954 NBA Champions Syracuse Nationals 1955 Succeeded by Philadelphia Warriors 1956 Preceded by Boston Celtics 1966 NBA Champions Philadelphia 76ers 1967 Succeeded by Boston Celtics 1968 Preceded by Los Angeles Lakers 1982 NBA Champions Philadelphia 76ers 1983 Succeeded by Boston Celtics 1984 Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Franchise Franchise • Syracuse • All-Time roster • Draft history • Seasons • Head coaches • Current season Arenas Convention Hall • Philadelphia Arena • The Spectrum • Wachovia Center Coaches Cervi • Seymour • Hannum • Schayes • Hannum • Ramsay • Rubin • Loughery • Shue • Cunningham • Guokas • Lynam • Moe • Carter • Lucas • Davis • Brown • Ayers • Ford • O'Brien • Cheeks D-League Affiliate Erie BayHawks Administration Owner: Comcast-Spectacor • General Manager: Ed Stefanski • Head Coach: Maurice Cheeks Notable Figures Charles Barkley • Joe Bryant • Al Cervi • Wilt Chamberlain • Maurice Cheeks • Doug Collins • Billy Cunningham • Samuel Dalembert • Julius Erving • Matt Geiger • Hal Greer • Hersey Hawkins • Bailey Howell • Larry Hughes • Andre Iguodala • Allen Iverson • Johnny Kerr • Kyle Korver • Moses Malone • Aaron McKie • Dikembe Mutombo • Dolph Schayes • Paul Seymour • Eric Snow • Keith Van Horn
Retired Numbers 2 • 6 • 10 • 13 • 15 24 • 32 • 34 • MIC NBA Championships (3) 1955 • 1967 • 1983 Rivals Boston Celtics • Los Angeles Lakers • New York Knicks • Detroit Pistons • Chicago Bulls
Syracuse Nationals 1954–55 NBA Champions 3 King | 4 Schayes | 5 Seymour | 6 Simmons | 7 Gabor | 8 Osterkorn | 10 Kerr | 11 Lloyd | 12 Farley | 14 Tucker | 15 Kenville | 16 Rocha | Coach Cervi Philadelphia 76ers 1966–67 NBA Champions 12 Weiss | 13 Chamberlain | 14 Guokas | 15 Greer | 20 Gambee | 21 Costello | 24 Jones | 25 Walker | 28 Melchionni | 32 Cunningham | 54 Jackson | Coach Hannum Philadelphia 76ers 1982–83 NBA Champions 2 Malone (Finals MVP) | 4 Richardson | 6 Erving | 8 Iavaroni | 10 Cheeks | 14 Edwards | 22 Toney | 24 Jones | 25 Cureton | 31 McNamara | 33 R. Johnson | 45 C. Johnson | Head Coach Cunningham Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers seasons Franchise • History • Seasons 1940s 1946-47 1947-48 1948-49 1950s 1949-50 1950-51 1951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1954-55 1955-56 1956-57 1957-58 1958-59 1960s 1959-60 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64 1964-65 1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69 1970s 1969-70 1970-71 1971-72 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1980s 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 1990s 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 2000s 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 National Basketball Association (2008–09)
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