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Top Ten Philadelphia 76ers of All-Time

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The preseason might be upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto. We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises. Next up: the Philadelphia 76ers/Syracuse Nationals.

 Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog; Don from With Malice and Philip from Orlando Magic Daily.

 

10) Larry Costello – Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers – 1957 – 1965, 1966 – 1968

Nationals/76ers accomplishments:

- member of the 1967 76ers NBA championship team
- NBA leader in games played in 1956/57 & 1957/58
- NBA leader in free throw % in 1962/63 & 1964/65
- six-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection

“How old school was Larry Costello?  He was the last player in the NBA to use a two-handed set shot.  We’ve come quite a ways since then, haven’t we?!” – Jeff Fox

9) Bobby Jones – Philadelphia 76ers – 1978 – 1986

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76ers accomplishments:

- jersey number (24) retired by the franchise
- member of the 1983 76ers NBA championship team
- two-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Sixth Man of the Year
- seven-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“One of the greatest defenders of all-time, Bobby Jones was also the League’s very first Sixth Man of the Year.” – Jeff Fox

8) Billy Cunningham – Philadelphia 76ers – 1965 – 1972, 1974 – 1975

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- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (24) retired by the franchise
- member of the 1967 76ers NBA championship team
- NBA leader in games played in 1965/66 & 1966/67
- four-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- four-time All-NBA selection

“The Kangaroo Kid, as his nickname hints at, could really jump out of the gym.  How else could he have four-straight years in Philly averaging 12 rebounds or more despite being only 6’6″?” – Jeff Fox

7) Charles Barkley – Philadelphia 76ers – 1984 – 1992

76ers accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (34) retired by the franchise
- franchise all-time leader in offensive & defensive rebounds
- ninth all-time in free throws attempted in NBA history
- fifth all-time in offensive rebounds in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1984/85
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1987/88
- NBA leader in offensive rebounds in 1986/87, 1987/88 & 1988/89
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1986/87
- six-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- seven-time All-NBA selection 

“The stats he put up in 7.5 seasons of games are just ridiculous.” – College Wolf

“Barkley’s one of the game’s greatest power forwards ever.  And that he did so at an obvious vertical disadvantage just screams out how good Chuck was. 

Barkley could do it all.  Score, rebound, and was one of the best smash-mouth trash-talkers of all time… a trait the Round Mound of Rebound has taken into his post-playing career.” – Don 

“The true testament of the strength of Philly/Syracuse’s all-time roster is that Charles Barkley, one of the greatest players of all-time, only ranks as the seventh-best 76er in history.” – Jeff Fox

6) Dolph Schayes – Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers – 1949 – 1964

Nationals/76ers accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- member of the 1955 Syracuse NBA championship team
- franchise’s all-time leader in free throws (made & attempted) & total rebounds
- seventh all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59 & 1960/61
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1956/57 & 1957/58
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1956/57 & 1960/61
- NBA leader in free throw % in 1957/58, 1959/60 & 1961/62
- NBA leader in total rebounds in 1950/51
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1956/57 & 1957/58
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1950/51
- 12-time NBA All-Star
- 12-time All-NBA selection

“One of the NBA’s earliest superstars, Dolph Schayes played his whole career with the same franchise.  In addition to his amazing resume listed above, he also played in 706 straight games from 1952 to 1961.” – Jeff Fox

5) Moses Malone – Philadelphia 76ers – 1982 – 1986, 1993 – 1994

76ers accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (2) retired by the franchise
- NBA leader in free throws made & attempted in 1982/83 & 1984/85
- NBA leader in offensive & defensive rebounds in 1982/83
- NBA leader in total rebounds in 1982/83 & 1984/85
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1982/83, 1983/84 & 1984/85
- four-time NBA All-Star
- one-time NBA Finals MVP
- one-time NBA MVP
- one-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- three-time All-NBA selection

“Malone spent four seasons in Philadelphia and helped the team win a title, continuing to be his dominant scoring and rebounding self. And being completely unintelligible in the process.” – Philip

“”Fo’.  Fo’.  Fo'”.  The reason the 76ers got the title in 1983.  Malone was a complete and utter monster.  MVP, title-winner, Finals MVP – Moses Malone was added to an already stacked Philly roster, and that was all she wrote.  A scoring machine, and sucking in rebounds like god knows what, the title was theirs – due revenge over the Lakers.” – Don 

4) Hal Greer – Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers – 1958 – 1973

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Nationals/76ers accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (15) retired by the franchise
- member of the 1967
- franchise leader in games, minutes, field goals (made & attempted) & points
- NBA leader in games played in 1960/61, 1962/63 & 1965/66
- 10-time NBA All-Star
- seven-time All-NBA selection

“Greer was one of the original 76ers (editors note: not literally – he wasn’t on their first team), playing even back in the Syracuse Nationals days. He was a member of the 1967 championship team and the veteran presence that supported Chamberlain’s bid for a title in Philadelphia. He played 15 seasons, all for the 76ers franchise, averaging 19.2 points per game.” – Philip

3) Allen Iverson – Philadelphia 76ers – 1996 – 2006, 2009 – 2010

76ers accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in three-pointers (made & attempted)
- tenth all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- fourth all-time in minutes per game in NBA history
- sixth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- seventh all-time in steals per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in minutes played in 2002/0
- NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1998/99, 1999/00, 2002/03 & 2004/05
- NBA leader in free throws made in 2004/05
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 2005/06
- NBA leader in steals in 2002/03 & 2004/05
- NBA leader in points in 2004/05
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1998/99, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2005/06 & 2006/07
- NBA leader in points per game in 1998/99, 2000/01, 2001/02 & 2004/05
- eight-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- one-time NBA MVP
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- seven-time All-NBA selection

“Holy S**t this franchise is loaded in talent!” – College Wolf

“Love him, hate him. The Answer was a machine in Philadelphia and a player who endeared himself to the hard-to-please Philly fans. Iverson did nothing but pour his heart and soul on to the Spectrum/Wachovia Center floor. He was always limited by his need to have the ball and take 20-25 shots per game to be happy and “effective.” But Iverson probably did more for a franchise without winning a title than any other player you can find.” – Philip

“It’s testament to the quality of the all time roster of the 76ers that Iverson falls to #3.  I believe Allen Iverson to be the best small man of all time… a tough accolade as basketball’s definitely a big man’s sport.  And the way he played the game, incredible.  It’s no exaggeration to state that every time Iverson took it to the rim, he did so with little or no regard for his own personal well-being.  The man was fearless.” – Don 

2) Wilt Chamberlain – Philadelphia 76ers – 1965 – 1968

76ers accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (13) retired by the franchise
- member of the 1967 76ers NBA championship team
- NBA leader in games played in 1966/67
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1965/66, 1966/67 & 1967/68
- NBA leader in field goals made & attempted in 1964/65 & 1965/66
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1964/65, 1966/67, 1967/68
- NBA leader in total rebounds in 1965/66, 1966/67 & 1967/68
- NBA leader in assists in 1967/68
- NBA leader in points in 1965/66
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1965/66, 1966/67 & 1967/68
- NBA leader in points per game in 1964/65 & 1965/66
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1965/66, 1966/67 & 1967/68
- three-time NBA All-Star
- three-time NBA MVP
- four-time All-NBA selection

“He never got his due for winning championships much because he was living in the shadow of Bill Russell in the Eastern Conference, but Chamberlain’s offensive exploits in Philadelphia were legendary. Chamberlain had his 100-point game in Philadelphia (although, not with the 76ers). He won the first of his two titles in 1967 with the 76ers and even made his famous (successful) attempt to lead the league in assists.” – Philip

“I would argue that in the time Wilt Chamberlain played at the Philadelphia 76ers was the most dominant four year period that any player has ever played.” – Don 

1) Julius Erving – Philadelphia 76ers – 1976 – 1987

76ers accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (6) retired by the franchise
- member of the 1983 76ers NBA championship team
- franchise’s all-time leader in blocks
- 11-time NBA All-Star
- one-time NBA MVP
- seven-time All-NBA selection

“Dr. J joined the 76ers when the ABA folded and continued revolutionizing basketball. Erving was not the same player he was in the NBA as he was in the ABA, but he was instrumental in getting the 76ers a title in 1983 and won the 1981 MVP award.” – Philip

“Dr J played his latter years in Philly, and he was a vital piece in them winning one of their 3 titles.  Whilst he wasn’t quite the player he was earlier in his career – the man was still MVP quality, and quite simply the best wing out there.” – Don 

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City/Seattle, Orlando.

 

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