Philadelphia 76ers – The Philadelphia 76ers, which played as the Syracuse Nationals from 1946 to 1963, were one of the NBA’s most successful franchises in the league early years.
The then Nationals won conference titles in 1950, 1954 and 1955 and they also won the NBA Finals in ’55 as well. Following the team’s move to Philadelphia in 1964, the franchise earned one conference title in each in the ’60s and ’70’s (1967 and 1977), but emerged as a dominant force again with the arrival of Julius Erving in the City of Brotherly Love.
Erving and Moses Malone led the 76ers to Eastern Conference championships in 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983 and the team also claimed its third NBA Finals victory in ’83 with a four-game sweep of the LA Lakers.
Following Philadelphia’s ’83 championship, it secured a postseason berth six times over the next seven years, reaching the conference semis four times and the conference finals once.
The Sixers returned to the NBA Finals again in 2001 with legendary coach Larry Brown managing a roster that featured Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo and Theo Ratliff.
In addition to Erving, Malone and Iverson, basketball greats Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley, Maurice Cheeks and Hal Greer have also donned the Sixers uniform. Greer is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, field goals and points.
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