Former Philadelphia 76er Andrew Toney is the newest member of Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. While he had a decent career, Toney’s induction is primarily for his play against the heated division rival Boston Celtics, thus giving one of the city’s most famous sports nicknames, the Boston Strangler.
Though he had a fallout with the city of Philadelphia and members of the Sixers organization in the past, he is getting recognition for his play. He was named to the NBA All-Star team during their 1982-83 NBA Championship season; Toney was amongst 17 inductees. He led the Sixers to the 1982 Finals and averaged 22.7 points in the playoff series against the Celtics that season.
Toney was also a solid NBA player and played for the Sixers his entire career, averaging 15.9 points and 4.2 assists for all eight seasons. His best season is the 1983-84 season, where he averaged 20.4 points, 4.8 assists and .9 steals per game.
Lingering knee problems limited his final three seasons, raising eyebrows. Former Sixers GM Pat Williams, who is receiving a Legacy of Excellence Award at the ceremony, told philly.com that he was misunderstood and his injury was worse than it appeared to be.
The 6-foot-2 guard was also a crucial member of the famous “Fo Fo Fo” championship team in 1983 when the Sixers swept the heavily-favored Los Angeles Lakers out of the Finals. He led the Sixers with nine assists in game four.
Some of the other inductees include former Philadelphia Flyer John LeClair, former Tennessee Titan Eddie George, University of Connecticut‘s women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and former NC State basketball great Linda Page. All have either spent time in Philadelphia, or are from the area.