2K Sports has announced in recent days that NBA 2K18 will feature All-Time teams for all 30 franchises. As someone who very much appreciates the history of the Sixers franchise, I thought I would create my own Sixers “All-Time Team,” comprising of the ten greatest Sixers ever.
One of the greatest players of all-time, Chamberlain is an easy choice for the Sixers’ all-time team. In 3+ seasons as a 76er (not including his time as a Philadelphia Warrior), Wilt averaged 27 points and 23 rebounds per game, was named MVP three times, and guided the Sixers to a league championship in 1967. Chamberlain displayed pure dominance on the court, quickly becoming the Paul Bunyan of basketball with his unbelievable size and athleticism after joining the NBA in 1959.
“The Doctor” dazzled fans in Philadelphia for over a decade with amazing dunks, acrobatic feats, and unique blends of skill and athleticism. After joining the Sixers from the ABA’s New York Nets in 1976, Erving helped the Sixers reach the NBA Finals four times in seven seasons. He was named the league’s MVP in 1981 and finally delivered a championship to Philadelphia in 1983.
“The Answer” was always worth the price of admission as he was one of the league’s premier superstars, scorers, but also one of its most polarizing figures. But he was always “Philadelphia tough”, playing every game like it was his last. His stepover over Tyronn Lue in Game 1 of the 2001 Finals is one of the most iconic moments in franchise history.
Without a doubt, the greatest point guard in Sixers history. Cheeks was the team’s floor general for much of the 1980s. He was one of the best defenders of his era, making four All-Defensive First Teams and is fifth all-time in steals. This four-time All-Star out of West Texas A&M played a key role in the 1983 Sixers team that won the title.
The only person who primarily played for the Syracuse Nationals to appear on this list, Schayes was one of the greatest scorers in the first 25 years of the NBA. With an impressive jump shot, Schayes lit up the scoring sheet making twelve straight All-Star appearances from 1951 to 1962. In fact, Schayes was the first player in NBA history to score 15,000 points. One of the game’s early pioneers, Dolph was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary team in 1996, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972, and his No. 4 jersey was retired by the Sixers in 2016.
Barkley was one of the most uniquely skilled players in basketball history. Even with his shorter stature (6’5), “The Round Mound of Rebound” dominated the glass, averaging 11 rebounds per game during his time in Philadelphia. Charles was an All-Star six times in his eight seasons as a Sixer, while just falling short of winning MVP in 1990, finishing with more first place votes than Magic Johnson that season.
Greer quietly compiled one of the most impressive scoring resumes by anyone in NBA history. “Bulldog” could just get buckets, scoring over 21,000 points in his fifteen year career with the franchise. He was a ten-time All-Star, seven times made All-NBA, and was the starting shooting guard of the 1966-67 Sixers team that won the championship.
The Sixers acquired the already two-time MVP from the Houston Rockets in 1982, with the hopes that the big man could get the Sixers finally over the hump. Moses delivered big time, leading the Sixers to a 67-win season, nearly sweeping its way through the playoffs, and winning the championship. Moses brought the team to the top of basketball glory, while also earning his third MVP award. He had three more productive seasons with the team before being traded in 1986. The Sixers have said they will retire Malone’s No. 2, but a date has yet to be formally announced.
Cunningham was the sixth man on a stacked 1966-67 Sixers team that dominated the league, winning the title while ending the Celtics’ eight-year championship run. “The Kangaroo Kid” soon joined the starting lineup, earning four All-Star nods with the Sixers before jumping to the ABA in 1972. He returned to the team two years later, but a knee injury forced an early retirement at age 32. But his relatively short career didn’t stop him from being named to the 50th Anniversary team and being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also the head coach on the 1983 title winning team.
Perhaps the greatest trade in team history, the Sixers traded All-Star forward George McGinnis to the Denver Nuggets for another All-Star in Jones in the summer of 1978. Jones helped the Sixers reach the NBA Finals three more times with grit, determination, athleticism, and some excellent defense. He made seven straight All-Defensive First Teams with the Sixers, while twice being named an All-Star, and being named the inaugural winner of the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1983. No player greater exemplified toughness and hustle in team history than Bobby Jones.