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PG: Allen Iverson, Maurice Cheeks
SG: Hal Greer, Hersey Hawkins
SF: Julius Erving, Billy Cunningham, Chet Walker, Andre Iguodala
PF: Charles Barkley, Dolph Schayes, Bobby Jones
C: Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone
Head Coach: Billy Cunningham
This is one of the rare instances where an original franchise—the Philadelphia 76ers' history dates all the way back to 1949-50, when they were known as the Syracuse Nationals—is littered with tremendous talents, and the starting five is still fairly obvious.
Maurice Cheeks was a four-time All-Star and won a title with the Sixers. But he's not Allen Iverson, who remains one of the greatest pound-for-pound scorers to ever grace the NBA hardwood. Joining him in the Hall of Fame backcourt is Hal Greer, whose versatility and lengthy scoring excellence put him in a different tier than Hersey Hawkins.
Julius Erving? Did you really need to ask?
Dolph Schayes was one of the franchise's first legendary figures, but Charles Barkley thrived in a much more competitive era and reached an even higher ceiling. And though Schayes played all 996 games with the organization before retiring and eventually earning induction into Springfield, Barkley logged 610 appearances of his own before joining the Phoenix Suns.
Moses Malone thrived in his four-year stint with the Sixers (he'd return later for one random campaign). However, Wilt Chamberlain was, well, Wilt Chamberlain during his four years in Philadelphia playing not for the Warriors, but the 76ers.
Toughest Battle: Chet Walker vs. Andre Iguodala
Malone vs. Chamberlain is the most competitive clash for a starting spot, but it's not as tight as the battle between Andre Iguodala and Chet Walker to serve as the third-string small forward behind Erving and Billy Cunningham, whose coaching excellence in the late '70s and early '80s allows him to join Rudy Tomjanovich in the player-coach club.
Walker is already in the Hall of Fame, and Iguodala probably won't join him. But the man fondly referred to as "Chet the Jet" for his remarkable speed on the court earned inclusion among that exclusive group not just because of his work with the Nationals and 76ers; he was even better once he joined the Chicago Bulls for the second half of his career, upping his scoring average and efficiency levels while making four of his seven All-Star squads.
And lest we forget, Iguodala wasn't always the super-sub he's become for the Golden State Warriors. He spent eight seasons patrolling the City of Brotherly Love, during which time he asserted himself as a defensive menace who never hesitated to throw down those trademark Iguodunkas after ripping the ball away from the opposition and starting a fast-break opportunity.
Still, his peak wasn't quite as lofty as Walker's, and he didn't spend too much more time with the franchise. This is closer than their all-time standings (regardless of organizational affiliation) might suggest, but it's still Walker's competition to lose.
Toughest Omission: Red Kerr
Sometimes, we just have to honor the old-timers.
Red Kerr's name might not come up too frequently nowadays, but he was one of the team's first great players. Starting in 1954-55 as a rookie out of Illinois, he spent 11 seasons with the Nationals and Sixers, averaging 13.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from the field—a better mark then that it would be now. And as his NBA.com profile suggests, those numbers aren't the ones that do him justice:
"Most remarkable, however, is the fact that Kerr played in 844 consecutive games from 1954 to 1965, setting an NBA record that would stand until Randy Smith broke it in 1983. Kerr prolonged the streak with his own brand of therapy: he packed his sprained ankles in freshly shoveled snow from his driveway. Playing the same position as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, Kerr was an All-Star in 1956, 1959, and 1963."
Your Time Will Come
Even though this roster is unbelievably loaded with talent from top to bottom, the last few spots could someday be taken over by one of the many celestial youngsters under Philadelphia's purview. Would you bet against Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz failing to have a better career with the Sixers than Iguodala?
Individually, you might. Simmons and Fultz have yet to play a single game in the NBA, while Embiid's injury concerns aren't just going to disappear.
But betting against all three of them simultaneously is a tougher ask.
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