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2023-24 Season

October 31, 2023: Tyrese Maxey began the season with a bang, averaging 30.3 points per game and winning Player of the Week honors in the Eastern Conference.

Season Preview: Philly fans were expecting a run to the finals in 2023. Instead, the 76ers made an exit from the playoffs in the second round. MVP Joel Embiid was very unhappy and so was All-Star James Harden. How will that affect the team’s play in 2023-24? That could make the difference between first place and fourth in a rapidly improving division. Rising stars Nick Nurse and Tyrese Maxey are expected to step up and become team leaders, especially if Harden is traded away.

2022-23 Season

May 2, 2023: Joel Embiid was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. He edged Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the MVP.

March 18, 2023: Joel Embiid scored 31 points in a victory over the Pacers. It was his ninth game in a row with 30 or more points, which broke the team record shared by Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain.

February 23, 2023: James Harden scored 31 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies to pass 76ers Hall of Famer Allen Iverson on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

February 18, 2023: Mac McClung, a reserve on the 76ers, won the Slam Dunk contest at the NBA All-Star Game. For one dunk, he jumped over the head of one person who was perched on the shoulders of another.

January 03, 2023: Joel Embiid was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December. It was the fifth time he won the award, which breaks the team record of four, set by Hall of Famer Allen Iverson.

December 12, 2022: James Harden dished out 21 assists in a victory over the Clippers to tie a team record. Hall of Famers Hal Greer and Wilt Chamberlain also had 21-assist games for the 76ers.

November 13, 2022: Joel Embiid scored 26 points and blocked 5 shots against the Utah Jazz—in the fourth quarter! He finished the game with a career-best 59 points and 7 blocks.

Season Preview: James Harden and Joel Embiid give Philly an awesome one-two punch if both players stay healthy. Newcomer PJ Tucker, a loud and proud team leader who can nail 3-pointers all day long. The key to a deep playoff run will come down to defense. With Danuel House, De’Anthony Melton, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris, the ’Sixers now have the talent to beat the Heat and Celtics and challenge the Bucks for a trip to the NBA Finals.

2021-22 Season

Season Recap: The 76ers won 51 games and went into the playoffs with a chance to reach the NBA Finals. They beat the Toronto Raptors in the opening round but lost to the Miami Heat 4 games to 2 in the conference semifinals. The season saw the team trade unhappy star Ben Simmons for superstar James Harden, but injuries to center Joel Embiid against the Raptors cost Philly a chance to go deeper into the playoffs. Heading into next season, the ’Sixers have a core of talented players, including Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle.

April 10, 2022: Joel Embiid edged Giannis Antetokounpo and LeBron James for the NBA scoring title. Embiid averaged 30.6 points per game to become the first foreign-born player to lead the league in scoring.

February 02, 2022: Joel Embiid was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the second month in a row. He averaged 34 points per game in January, including a 50-point game against the Orlando Magic.

November 6, 2021: The 76ers beat the Bulls to make head coach Doc Rivers only the 10th coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games.

Season Preview: Philadelphia’s rise to the top of the division was fueled by airtight defense and quality scorers around MVP runner-up Joel Embiid. Fans blamed their loss to the Hawks in the playoffs on bad decisions by Ben Simmons. Simmons may or may not make it through the whole year with the club, which is loaded with veteran talent and young players pushing their way into the lineup. Forwards Danny Green, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle round out a lineup that also includes sharpshooter Seth Curry.

2020-21 Season

Season Recap: The 76ers finished first in the Eastern Conference with 49 victories. The team’s starting five—Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and Danny Green—was healthy most of the year. Embiid led the ’Sixers with 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, while Simmons ranked among the league leaders in steals. Philly was expecting a showdown with the Nets for the conference championship, but neither team made it out of the second round of the playoffs. The 76ers lost their series with the Hawks in seven games.

Season Preview: Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid needed a little more help in 2020 to reach the next level. The 76ers went out and acquired veteran center Dwight Howard and playmaker Seth Curry. They also drafted guard Tyrese Maxey, a star at the University of Kentucky, who hopes to nail down a starting job before the playoffs. The ’Sixers will have to prove they can handle the Heat and Celtics in order to reach the NBA Finals.

2019-20 Season

Season Recap: Philadelphia fans watched Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid continue growing into excellent all-around players. However, they did not always seem to be in sync with each other. The 76ers won 43 games and made the playoffs, but Simmons was out with a knee injury and they lost 4–0 to the Celtics. Forward Tobias Harris was a rock for Philly all year, but his scoring and rebounding weren’t enough to get the team past the first round.

Season Preview: Philly fans have some new faces in the starting lineup, but the “Big 3” of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris return to give the 76ers a core of players that create matchup nightmares for their opponents. The team can score in bunches, but at crunch time, it’s the defense that will make the difference between winning and losing close games. Josh Richardson and Al Horford should do well as support players.

2018-19 Season

Season Recap: The 76ers got excellent years from Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and J.J. Redick and made bold trades for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris during the season. They won 51 games and many predicted they would reach the NBA Finals. Hopes for a championship disappeared, however, when Kawai Leonard of the Toronto Raptors won Game 7 of their playoff series with an off-balance buzzer-beater. The ’Sixers were one of the top-scoring clubs in the NBA, with 115.2 points per game. Embiid was an All-Star for the second season in a row and finished fourth in the league in scoring with 27.5 points per game.

February 17, 2019: Joel Embiid led all players with 12 rebounds during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

January 3, 2019: Joel Embiid scored 30 points in the first half of a 132–127 win over the Suns. He finished with 42 points to match his season high.

Season Preview: The 76ers have one of basketball’s most powerful one-two punches in guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid. Simmons has show he is a great scorer, but the ’Sixers are loaded with shooters, so his greatest value may be as a playmaker. Another key will be forward Dario Saric, who showed last season he could mix things up inside and also pull his man out to the perimeter for long jump shots. J.J. Redick and Markelle Fultz will also need to play their best for Philly to reach the NBA Finals.

2017-18 Season

Season Recap: After watching their best young players lose time to injuries season after season, the 76ers finally got healthy and surged to 50 victories. Center Joel Embiid was an All-Star and 6’10” point guard Ben Simmons was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times during the season. Many fans are saying he is the next Magic Johnson. Philly’s young players showed determination and hustle, leading the NBA in rebounds per game, but also making the most turnovers. That hurt them in the playoffs as they fell to the more experienced Boston Celtics after beating Miami in the first round, 4 games to 1.

April 11, 2018: Markelle Fultz had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. At 19 years old, he was the youngest player in NBA history to have a triple-double.

February 2, 2018: Ben Simmons was named Rookie of the Month for the second time during the 2017–18 season.

December 1, 2017: Ben Simmons was named Rookie of the Month for October/November. He became the first player in league history with 170 points, 100 rebounds and 80 assists in his first 10 games.

Season Preview: After many seasons of frustration, the 76ers finally look like a playoff team. Number-one draft pick Markelle Fultz will be part of a starting five with exciting talent. If they all stay healthy, a 50-win season is within reach.

2016-17 Season

Season Recap: Philly fans couldn’t believe it when their top draft pick, Ben Simmons, missed the entire season with a broken foot. It was the fourth year in a row that a promising rookie suffered a season-ending injury! The team played hard, but could only manage 28 wins. Seven-foot center Joel Embiid, from Cameroon, was sensational in limited action.

2015-16 Season

Season Preview: The 76ers are building up a stockpile of basketball talent. This year, they added Duke star Jahlil Okafor. He joins Nerlens Noel, T.J. McConnell and newcomer Nik Stauskas on the NBA’s youngest team. As soon as they add some experience to their talent, the 76ers could be a force in Atlantic Division.

2014-15 Season

Season Recap: The rebuilding 76ers were one of three NBA clubs to win fewer than 20 games. They lost their first 17 games to begin the year. The good news was that the team’s three top scorers—Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, and Robert Covington—were all 24 or younger, and leading rebounder Nerlens Noel was just 20, meaning the future looks bright.

Season Preview: The 76ers have nowhere to go but up in 2014–15, and the player who will help them rise is Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. Young guns Tony Wroten, Nerlen Noels, and Henry Sims should provide plenty of highlights as Philadelphia’s rebuilding program continues.

2013-14 Season

Season Recap: Rebuilding with young players is never an easy process. The 76ers found this out the hard way in 2014. From the end of January to the end of March, they tied an NBA record with 26 losses in a row. The team will depend heavily on young stars Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young as they play their way back into contention.

More Go-To Guys

Paul Seymour stood 6’1″, but he looks like a kid next to big Dolph Schayes in this souvenir photo. (Syracuse Nationals)

Bobby Jones was one several terrific players to come out of the University of North Carolina in the 1970s and 1980s—including Bob McAdoo, Charlie Scott, Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchak, James Worthy,, Sam Perkins, and Michael Jordan. The legendary Dean Smith coached them all. (Collegiate Collection/Coca-Cola)

  • Paul Seymour — 6′ 1″ Guard
    Born: 1/30/1928
    Played for Team: 1947–48 to 1959–60
    During the mid-1950s, few players were better than Paul Seymour at running an NBA offense. He was an All-Star three times and a key part of the team’s 1955 championship. Seymour later coached the team.

  • Johnny Kerr — 6′ 9″ Center
    Born: 7/17/1932
    Died: 2/26/2009
    Played for Team: 1954–55 to 1964–65
    The Nats went from being a good team to a championship contender when Johnny Kerr arrived. Opponents could no longer double- and triple-team Dolph Schayes with fast-moving, quick-thinking Kerr at center.

  • Chet Walker — 6′ 7″ Center
    Born: 2/22/1940
    Played for Team: 1962–63 to 1968–69
    Chet Walker’s speed was simply too much for defenses to deal with. When he got a pass in the open court, an opponent’s only option was to foul him. Walker made more than 5,000 free throws during his career.

  • Luke Jackson — 6′ 9″ Forward/Center
    Born: 10/31/1941
    Played for Team: 1964–65 to 1971–72
    After winning an Olympic gold medal in 1964, Luke Jackson played his entire pro career with the 76ers. He averaged 12.9 rebounds as a rookie and was named to the 1965 All-Star Game. Jackson’s defense was a key part of the team’s 1967 championship.

  • Bobby Jones — 6′ 9″ Forward
    Born: 12/18/1951
    Played for Team: 1978–79 to 1985–86
    Bobby Jones was already a top all-around player when he arrived in Philadelphia in a trade for George McGinnis. Jones gave the team great defense and rebounding, and was skilled at finishing the fast break. He was equally valuable as a starter or a sixth man.

More Fun Facts

Allen Iverson cuts to the basket on the cover of this basketball magazine. He came out of college at age 20 ready to star in the NBA. (Street & Smith Publications, Inc.)

    Although he was an NBA Hall of Famer, Chet Walker was at his best when he created opportunities for his teammates and let them shine. After basketball, Walker got into the entertainment business and used the same approach to be successful. He became a TV and movie producer instead of an actor. One of the movies he produced was The Mary Thomas Story, about the mother of fellow Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas.

    Caldwell Jones played six seasons with the 76ers, and 17 years overall in the pros. Three of his brothers also enjoyed pro careers. Charles played 5 years in the NBA, including one with the 76ers, Wil was an All-Star in the ABA with the Memphis Pros, and Major played five years for the Rockets in the early 1980s.

  • SO GOOD,
    At 21 years, 310 days, Allen Iverson is the fourth-youngest player in league history to score 50 points in a game. Only Brandon Jennings, LeBron James and Rick Barry were younger.

League Leaders

Topps did not issue any cards while Wilt Chamberlain was on the 76ers, so all we have are cards like this one, which the company made in 2009. (Topps, Inc.)

Rebounding champ Moses Malone teamed with Dr. J to take the 76ers all the way in 1983. (The Sporting News)

    1964–65 — Wilt Chamberlain — 34.7*
    1965–66 — Wilt Chamberlain — 33.5
    1998–99 — Allen Iverson — 26.8
    2000–01 — Allen Iverson — 31.1
    2001–02 — Allen Iverson — 31.4
    2004–05 — Allen Iverson — 30.7

    1950–51 — Dolph Schayes — 16.4**
    1965–66 — Wilt Chamberlain — 24.6
    1966–67 — Wilt Chamberlain — 24.1
    1967–68 — Wilt Chamberlain — 23.8
    1982–83 — Moses Malone — 15.3
    1983–84 — Moses Malone — 13.4
    1984–85 — Moses Malone — 13.1
    1986–87 — Charles Barkley — 14.6
    2000–01 — Dikembe Mutombo — 13.5***

    No member of the team has led the league in assists.

    2000–01 — Allen Iverson — 2.5
    2001–02 — Allen Iverson — 2.8
    2002–03 — Allen Iverson — 2.7
    2019–20 — Ben Simmons – 2.1

    Steals did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

    2000–01 — Theo Ratliff — 3.7

    Blocks did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

    * Also played for the San Francisco Warriors
    ** Played as the Syracuse Nationals
    *** Also played for the Atlanta Hawks

Playing for the Championship

Check out the price of this ticket from the 2001 Finals. I bought my first playoff ticket in 1971 and it was only $15. The Knicks lost to Baltimore and I thought I’d been ripped off! (Philadelphia 76ers)

76ers in the FINALS

1949–50 Minneapolis Lakers Lost 2–4*
1953–54 Minneapolis Lakers Lost 3–4*
1954–55 Fort Wayne Pistons Won 4–3*
1966–67 San Francisco Warriors Won 4–2
1976–77 Portland Trail Blazers Lost 2–4
1979–80 Los Angeles Lakers Lost 2–4
1981–82 Los Angeles Lakers Lost 2–4
1982–83 Los Angeles Lakers Won 4–0
2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers Lost 1–4

* Played as Syracuse Nationals

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