The original team name of the Philadelphia 76ers was Syracuse Nationals, so far from their name today. They started on 1963, after the Warriors left Philadelphia for San Francisco. Philadelphia 76ers was named best NBA team in 1966-1967.
Some of the best players are the big names like Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Geer, Billy Cunningham and Maurice Cheeks to mention a few. They have made a mark on basketball history and they made Philadelphia one of the most promising teams in the NBA!
Rooting from NBL or the National Basketball League in 1937, the team was based in the Midwest, sponsored by tycoon companies like Goodyear, Firestone and General Electric. There were more leagues that played against them during the 1937-1938 season.
During 1946-1947, The team joined the basketball leagues as they were led by coach Bernie Borgmann. Their point guard was Jerry Rizzo and their center was Mike Novak.
During 1949-1950 there was a 3 year fight for the survival between the 2 big basketball leagues, the NBL, National Basketball League and the BAA, the Basketball Association of America. The NBA was later formed.The Philadelphia Warriors were one of the 11 member of the BAA and the NBA.
In 1950-1955, Syracuse was led by Dolph Schayes, averaging 16.8 points. He also led the tea for 13 consecutive years and later earned a recognition in the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame.
The team was in the first place in the Eastern Division in 1951-1952.
1966-1967- During this time,Dolph Schayes was no longer the coach of the team and so Alex Hannum took over. It was during his leadership that the team finally took off!Winning 45 out of 49 games! Nothing can stop the team during this season! They won the championships over the San Francisco Warriors and this definitely put them in a higher league in the NBA! In act, in 1980, During the NBA’s 35th Anniversary, They were named the best team in the NBA.
1967-1972- Coach Hannum resigned as he went to Oakland Oaks of the ABA. Since then, there has been a decline in the team’s winnings. This was a rough time for the 76ers.
From 1998-1999, This was definitely a promising year for the Philadelphia 76ers. Leading the rankings of greatness was Allen Iverson, grabbing the title League Player of the Month! Philadelphia then won 105-90 over the stringer LA Lakers at the First Union Center. It was by far, the biggest victory over the ruling Lakers since 1978 making this a 3 time win over the Lakers! The team’s victory was attributed not only to the star players bringing home the trophies, but to the greater viewing and supporting public shoeing their overwhelming support, game after game.
Fast forward to the year 2000 – 2001, Coach Larry Brown had a lot of challenges to face, even with the star players: MVP Allen Iverson, Aaron Mckie, Sixth Man of the Year and Eric Snow- point guard all were injured. They had a low streak up until it all picked up and they returned to give a good fight for the team. Once again, Iverson was named Player of the Week for the Eastern Conference winning streak!