Four 76ers named to NBA’s 75th Anniversary team
Tonight the NBA began to unveil the top 75 players in league history in honor of the NBA’s 75th anniversary. Of the 25 named tonight, four of them are former Philadelphia 76ers. The remaining 50 will be unveiled over the next two days. Hal Greer, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Charles Barkley were the three Sixers named to the 75th-anniversary team, with several more to come.
Erving is widely considered to be the best Sixer ever, being named to 11 All-Stars, seven All-NBA teams, an MVP, and of course, winning the 1983 NBA Finals. Right beside him on that 83 team was Moses Malone, who won the MVP that season. Malone was an All-Star every season he was in Philadelphia.
Hal Greer was one of the first great 76ers, playing for the franchise for his entire career from 1958 all the way through 1973. Greer was teammates with Wilt Chamberlain during the 76ers’ 1967 championship run and is a ten-time All-Star. Alongside the 75th Anniversary, Greer is part of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary team.
Charles Barkley was the final 76er to be nominated tonight. Barkley played alongside Erving and Malone when he was drafted in 1984 but never saw much postseason success during his tenure in Philadelphia. In the last few weeks, Barkley has been vocal about the 76ers and the ongoing issues with Ben Simmons.
Several more 76ers will be on the way, like Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson. While the next 25 names are revealed tomorrow night, the Sixers will be gearing up for their season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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