Philadelphia 76ers: Legends Who Shape Their Mount Rushmore

The Philadelphia 76ers have been in existence since 1949 and have captured three NBA titles.

They’ve had some of the best players in NBA history and currently have notable athletes that include Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris.

The Sixers are an underdog if the league has a postseason this summer, but they shouldn’t be counted out completely.

Philly is one of the more recognizable sports cities in America today and rightfully so with a fan base that can be heard for miles.

Without further delay, let’s look at four players whose contributions can be seen all over the map.

Allen Iverson

The Answer spent nearly 10.5 seasons in a Sixers uniform and was named MVP after the 2000-01 campaign.

Iverson also was a four-time scoring champ and lead the NBA in steals three times.

A.I. was extremely talented, but he also was a tough player for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The playmaker led the league in minutes played five times as a full-time member in Philly.

Iverson is also widely known for his infamous yet humorous take on practice in 2002.

However, basketball fans enjoy reminiscing about how the No. 1 overall pick in 1996 played the game at an elite and unique level.

And it’s deservedly so, Iverson has to be declared the best player in Sixers history.

Julius Erving

Dr. J was a four-time MVP and helped the Sixers clinch the NBA title in 1982-83.

He also was named to 16 All-Star teams (11 as a Sixer) and was a seven-time All-NBA player.

Erving averaged 22 points a game as a Sixer and is the franchise’s all-time leader in blocks with 1,293.

It’s easy to see why Dr. J belongs on the Sixers’ Mount Rushmore.

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt the Stilt only spent 3.5 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, but he left a huge impact.

Chamberlain is the franchise leader in triple-doubles with 62.

He is also the Sixers’ all-time leader in rebounds (23.9), minutes (46.3), and points per game (tied with Iverson at 27.6).

Even though Wilt could be on Mount Rushmores of other teams, I think of him as a Sixer first and foremost.

The legend also captured three MVP trophies during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers. Wilt led Philly to an NBA title during the 1966-67 season.

Moses Malone

Malone spent five seasons with the Sixers, but his production was worth remembering.

Big Mo ranks third on Philly’s all-time rebounds list with 12 RPG.

Moses also posted 26 PPG during the Sixers’ postseason run in ’82-’83. And he was named the MVP of the Finals that season as well as the league MVP.

Not a bad first season as a Sixer, right?

Malone also averaged 24.5 PPG and 15.3 RPG during his MVP campaign that season.

I understand Moses and Wilt were not with the Philadelphia 76ers for very long, but they left a major impact on the franchise.

When I think of them I imagine them as Sixers.

Who would make your Philadelphia 76ers Mount Rushmore? Leave comments below.

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