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Philadelphia 76ers Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Philadelphia 76ers have been a franchise since 1949—however, from 1949 to 1963 they were known as the Syracuse (NY) Nationals. Then they became the Sixers after moving to Philly beginning in 1963-64. The franchise has won three NBA titles, one in Syracuse and two with Philadelphia, though none since 1983. They have also put some great players on the court, and here is a short list of the Sixers’ all-time leading scorers to date:
Hal Greer (21,586)—Guard/forward Hal Greer played his entire career for the Nationals/Sixers franchise, from 1958 to 1973, and ranks first in their history with 21,586 total points. Greer had ten seasons with more than 1500 points, and his best season was 1967-68, when he had a career best 1976 points (24 points per game).
Allen Iverson (19,724)—Guard Allen Iverson began his career in Philadelphia and played there from 1996 to 2007. After a few stints with other teams, Iverson is back in Philly as I write this in 2010. He also ranks second in franchise history with 19,724 points, so will challenge Greer’s mark if he stays with the team for a few years. Iverson is a prolific scorer, and has scored over 2200 points four times while in Philly. His best season was 2005-06, when he had a career high 2377 points (33 point average), and his 2302 points in 2004-05 led the NBA that season.
Dolph Schayes (18,438)—Forward/center Dolph Schayes played for Syracuse most of his career, from 1949 to 1963 and wound up playing one season in Philadelphia to close his career. Schayes ranks third in team history with 18,438 total points, and he scored over 1500 five times. Schayes’ best season was 1960-61, when he had a career best 1868 points (24 per game average), including a league-high 680 free throws made.
Julius Erving (18,364)—Forward/guard Julius Erving, a.k.a. “Dr. J.,” began his career in the ABA with the Virginia Squires in 1971, and played there and for the New York Nets before the ABA and NBA merged in 1976. After that, Erving finished his career in Philadelphia, playing for the Sixers from 1976 to 1987, and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 18,364 points. He had nine seasons with over 1500 points, and two with over 2000 while in the NBA. Erving’s best NBA season was 1979-80, with 2100 points (27 points per game).
Charles Barkley (14,184)—Forward Charles Barkley began his career in Philadelphia, where he played from 1984 to 1992. Barkley ranks fifth in Sixers’ history with 14,184 points and he had over 2000 points scored twice while with the team. His best season was 1987-88, when Barkley scored a career best 2264 points (28 per game average), adding an NBA high 385 offensive rebounds that year as well.