Four more 76ers nominated to NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team
After four 76ers were named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team a few days ago, four more joined them over the last two days. Allen Iverson, Wilt Chamberlain, Dolph Schayes, and Billy Cunningham were nominated to the historic group ahead of tonight’s culmination. None of these four are shocking entries, but it’s still great to see them get the respect they deserve.
Allen Iverson is one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes ever, winning an MVP and taking the team to their most recent NBA Finals appearance. Chamberlain was the centerpiece of the 76ers’ 1967 championship run and is one of the greatest players ever to exist.
Dolph Schayes is one of the first stars in Sixers’ history. Schayes spent his entire NBA career with the Syracuse Nationals and 76ers from 1948 through 1964. Dolph Schayes was also a coach for the franchise during the end of his playing days but stepped away entirely in 1966.
The kangaroo kid, Billy Cunningham, was the anchor of the Sixers team for several decades. Drafted fifth overall by Philadelphia in 1965, Cunningham was a core piece of the 1967 championship team with Wilt and Hal Greer. Cunningham left Philadelphia in 1972 but returned for the final two seasons of his career before transitioning into the head coach role.
Philadelphia made up over 10% of the nominations, which isn’t bad at all. It was revealed that some of the players honored, like Julius Erving and Charles Barkley, were on the board to determine the best players which also included process ruiner Jerry Colangelo. The 76ers are back in action tomorrow night at home against the Brooklyn Nets.
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