It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Sixers have produced some of the best basketball players, but who is the best of all time? And what does it take to make your mark as one of the team’s best players?
Considering the team has managed to bring forth great talents, coming up with this list wasn’t a walk in the park.

Besides the impressive individual accolades and stats, what comes first for the players is that they give it all to their team. In the NBA playoffs 2022, the Sixers were knocked out of the competition at the Conference Semifinals by the Miami Heat. The interesting thing about this is the same fate befell them in the NBA playoffs in 2023. Only this time, the Celtics, who were the finalists in 2022, brought their downfall. Might there be a pattern, or is it just bad luck? If you don’t mind wagering a few bucks, you can wager at what stage the Sixers will be eliminated next year. Sites such as the Bodog app always have great odds for that, but don’t forget this is all speculation. Who knows? Next season might just be their season!

Even though the Sixers might have some seasons better than others, the truth is they’ve had top players over the years.

Here are some of the players who’ve become legends from the team, and their legacy won’t be forgotten.

Julius Erving

On this list’s top is 73-year-old Julius Erving, popularly known as Dr. J. He played in the Sixers for 11 years, from 1976-1987, attaining 11 All-Star titles. During this time, his impact was especially felt when he helped lead the team to the 1977, 1980, and 1982 Finals before eventually securing an NBA title in 1983.In recognition of his skills, Erving earned the 1981 MVP award with a remarkable average of 4.4 assists, 8.0 rebounds, and 24.6 points per game.

Wilt Chamberlain

Although Wilt Chamberlain’s time with the Philadelphia Sixers only spanned three seasons, it was spectacular! And to show for this, he landed MVP awards during his entire time with the team. His stats were impressive, with an average of 27.3 points, 7.2 assists, and 24.2 rebounds, which he achieved while playing the center position.To add to all these achievements, Wilt played a significant role in leading his team to 68 wins which was quite stunning.

Allen Iverson

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Allen Iverson, popularly known as ‘The Answer,’ comes in third among the best players, joining the Sixers in 1996. Since the team was relatively weak during his 12 seasons run with them, he didn’t manage to lead them to success.

But, his individual achievements more than makeup for his failure to secure the NBA Championship. In his apex in 2001, he managed 31.1 points and 2.5 steals on average per game, winning the year’s MVP award.

Hal Greer

Hal Greer has made it to the list of top players because of his consistent success in the team. He was with the Sixers for a total of 15 seasons, during which he achieved ten concurrent All-Star games between 1961 and 1970.And for the stats, he averaged 19.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. As a result of his outstanding performance, Hal’s name was immortalized in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Moses Malone

Much like Wilt, Malone’s time with the Sixers was relatively short, but in it, he achieved all that could have been asked of any player. For starters, he won his first MVP with the team, his third one in general, after leading to a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers.Secondly, he managed to make four successive All-Stars appearances as well as average 23.9 points with 13.4 rebounds per game.And last but not least, while working with the team, Malone led it to over 70 wins spread across the regular season and NBA playoffs.

Billy Cunningham

Not only was Billy Cunningham among the best Sixers players in history, but he also took over as their coach, leading them through their most successful seasons. Popularly known as ‘The Kangaroo Kid,’ he accumulated 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds within 11 seasons in the NBA and ABA. On top of this, Billy also led the team to victory in 1967 and appeared in four All-Star games.That’s not all; after his retirement, he became the team’s coach and made history by getting 200 and 300 wins within the shortest time.

The Philadelphia Sixers Have Had a Long Run With a Great History

With their elimination from the NBA Playoffs in May, a new era is upon the Philadelphia Sixers. That’s why it seems like a perfect time to look back at some of the best players in the franchise’s history.Though no current players have made it to the list, we hope this will change in the coming seasons.

The bottom line is the Sixers have a rich tradition, especially in the ’60s and ’80s, led by players like Wilt, Dr J, and Moses.

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