Top 10 Players Philadelphia 76ers of All-Time

Top 10 Players Philadelphia 76ers of All-Time

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Honorable Mentions:

20. Luke Jackson

19. Darryl Dawkins

18. Paul Seymour

17. Andre Iguodala

16. George McGinnis

15. Andrew Toney

14. Red Kerr

13. Larry Costello

12. Bobby Jones

11. Doug Collins

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10. Chet Walker

Seasons w/ Sixers:

7 (1962-1969)

Stats w/ Sixers

16.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45.7 FG%

Seven-time All-Star Chet “The Jet” Walker’s reliability was something that Philadelphia 76ers fans and national press took for granted, a wrong they finally corrected by inducting him into the Hall of Fame in 2012… just 40 years after he began in the NBA. “Steady as he goes” is the perfect phrase to describe Walker, who averaged the same 18.2 points in both the regular season and the playoffs throughout his career. Perhaps that’s the reason he made the playoffs in every one of his 13 seasons in the league, the first seven of which came with Philadelphia. Walker also brought a fiery and overly competitive attitude that the Sixers needed to conquer the rival Boston Celtics, best displayed by his infamous claim, “I’ll murder [Bill Russell].” Good ole Chet.

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9. Maurice Cheeks

Seasons w/ Sixers:

11 (1978-1989)

Stats w/ Sixers

12.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.6 Stocks, 52.8 FG%

No slouch on the defensive end himself, Maurice Cheeks is one of the Philadelphia 76ers’ and the league’s best defensive guards ever. Better known as “Mo”, he made the All-Defense team five straight times from 1983 to ’87, largely off the strength of his pick-pocketing. Cheeks would finish in the top 10 in steals each of his first 10 years in the league, and still ranks fifth with 2,310. Mo Cheeks was also no stranger to setting up his teammates. He ranks 11th all time in total assists, after averaging 6.7 assists per game over 15 seasons in the NBA. He also averaged a rather impressive 12.2 PPG in his 11 seasons with the franchise and was a huge reason the Sixers were able to win the 1983 Finals, actually sweeping the Lakers. Mo Cheeks is a top 25 point guard of all-time and a top 10 player in Philly history.

SYRACUSE, NY - 1955: Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals attempts a hook shot against Ernie Beck #7 of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1955 in Syracuse, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1955 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photo Library/NBAE via Getty Images)

8. Dolph Schayes

Seasons w/ Sixers:

15 (1949-1964)

Stats w/ Sixers

18.5 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 38.0 FG%

The first superstar in franchise history, Dolph Schayes was known for being a big man who can shoot and rebound. Schayes was the starting center and star of the 1955 champion Syracuse Nationals and one of the top players of the NBA’s fledgling era. It was Schayes, along with other men of his talent level, who helped the league grow into an attractive business. But he’s not just a pioneer. Eleven straight All-Star appearances along with averages of 18.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game are numbers that speak for themselves. Anytime you average a double-double for a team for a decade and a half, you will always find yourself on these kind of lists. Easy choice, Dolph Schayes comes in at eight.

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7. Billy Cunningham

Seasons w/ Sixers:

9 (1965-1972, 1974-1976)

Stats w/ Sixers

20.8 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 44.6 FG%

One of the best players in Philadelphia 76ers history, Billy Cunningham also holds the unique distinction of being the franchise’s most successful coach. “The Kangaroo Kid” accumulated 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds across 11 seasons in the NBA and ABA, on top of winning a title in 1967 and appearing in four All-Star games for the Sixers. If you thought that’d be enough to satisfy him, you thought wrong. Cunningham took the reins of the team that drafted him following his retirement in 1976 and never looked back. He became the quickest coach to 200 and 300 wins in league history, and stewarded the franchise to another title in 1983. His final coaching record is 454-196, good for a winning percentage of .698, second only to Phil Jackson. Fun fact, huh? I had no idea until I did some research on the man. Pretty impressive, Mr. Cunningham!

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