5 Greatest Philadelphia 76ers To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game
The 5 Greatest Philadelphia 76ers To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game
The Philadelphia 76ers have one of the best groups of individual players in NBA history. From the 1950s to the early 2000s, the Sixers have repeatedly boasted the best players in the game. Players like Hal Greer, the team's all-time scorer, Billy Cunningham and Dolph Schayes, have all been enshrined in the basketball Hall-of-Fame.
Despite all of these talented players and great teams, only two times have the Sixers won the NBA title. In 1967, Wilt Chamberlain led the Sixers over Bill Russell's Boston Celtics and in 1983, Julius Erving led the Sixers over Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Sixers have had their run of success in the All-Star game as well. Six times, a 76ers player was named the game's MVP, with Greer, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson all winning the award. In the dunk contest, former Sixer Andre Iguodala was a runner-up in the 2006 Slam Dunk Contest, and Erving competed in a number of contests.
The Sixers have had eight Hall of Famers in their franchise history who were known mostly for their contributions to the 76ers, with several more expected in the next coming years. Ranking the five best 76ers who were All-Stars is difficult considering there are numerous players who have been great for the franchise. Some on this list may surprise loyal 76ers fans, while others may seem obvious among all NBA fans. Let the debate begin.
5. Charles Barkley
While Barkley is also known for his success with the Phoenix Suns, he started his career in Philadelphia and was the only main piece on a declining franchise. Barkley was a six-time All-Star in Philadelphia, and was a one-time All-Star game MVP and two-time rebounding leader.
4. Allen Iverson
One of the best pure scorers in NBA history, Iverson single-handedly led the Sixers to an NBA Finals appearance in 2001. Iverson was a seven-time All-Star, a one-time MVP in 2001 and was a four-time scoring champion.
3. Moses Malone
Once Moses Malone joined the Sixers in 1983, the team went on one of the best playoff runs in NBA history by sweeping the Lakers. Malone was a four-time All-Star in all four of his seasons in Philadelphia. He was the 1983 NBA Finals MVP and was a 12-time All-Star.
2. Julius Erving
Also known as "The Doctor", Erving is one of the greatest Philadelphia 76ers ever and one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. The Hall of Famer was an All-Star in each of his 11 seasons with the 76ers, was a two-time All-Star game MVP and led the 76ers to their first title since 1967.
1. Wilt Chamberlain
The most dominant player in NBA history, Wilt Chamberlain led the Sixers to their first title in 1967 on one of the greatest single-season teams ever assembled. Chamberlain was a three-time All-Star in his three seasons in Philadelphia, a three-time NBA MVP with the Sixers and a four-time first team All-NBA player.
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