Move to PhiladelphiaThe playoff overtime loss on March 26, 1963, would prove to be the last game for the Syracuse Nationals, as investors Irv Kosloff and Ike Richman purchased the team from Danny Biasone moving the team to Philadelphia to become the 76ers, filling the void left by the Warriors. Syracuse was the last of the medium-sized cities housing an NBA Team, ...
NBA Finals Winner 1967NBA Finals – 1967 The 1967 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1966 – 1967 National Basketball Association season and was the conclusion of the 1967 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion San Francisco Warriors and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers. This was the first championship series in 11 ...
“The Spectrum” OpensIn the 1967 – 1968 season, with a new home court in the form of The Spectrum to defend their championship, once again the 76ers made it back to the NBA Playoffs and in the rematch of the previous year’s semifinals, the 76ers held a 3-1 series lead over the Celtics, before the Celtics staged a dramatic comeback to beat ...
NBA Finals Winner 1983NBA Finals – 1983 The 1983 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association’s 1982 – 1983 season. This was the final postseason using the 12-team format before the NBA expanded the postseason to 16 teams the next season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers ...
Move into Wells Fargo CenterIt was also during the season that the Sixers played one home game at their old home, the Wachovia Spectrum. The Sixers won 104–101 over the Chicago Bulls on March 13, 2009. The game was played to provide the final curtain call on the Spectrum, which was scheduled to be imploded on New Year’s Eve 2009. The Wells Fargo Center ...
New Ownership: Joshua HarrisOn July 13, 2011, Comcast-Spectacor reached an agreement to sell the 76ers to an investment group led by Apollo Global Management co-founder Joshua Harris. Harris’ group paid $280 million for the franchise. The sale did not include any ownership stake in the Flyers or Comcast Sportsnet. The Sixers will continue to play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center ...
History of the 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most storied franchises in the NBA. Founded in 1946 as part of the Basketball Association of America, they were originally known as The Syracuse Nationals before relocating to Philadelphia and changing their name to “76ers” after winning a championship in 1955. Since then, they have won three more championships and been consistently competitive for much of their history; making it to 10 Finals appearances over that span.
Throughout its history, Philly has had some incredible players wear its red-and-blue uniforms. From Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving leading them during their first two titles all through Allen Iverson’s MVP season when he led them back into contention later on—the Sixers have had no shortage of iconic figures lead them over time. Even today’s current squad is full of stars like Joel Embiid who look poised to bring another title home soon enough with his help from Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris among others supporting him along the way there too!
In short: The Philadelphia 76ers are an incredibly rich franchise with a long list of great players having donned its colors throughout time—from Wilt Chamberlain up until now—and will continue this legacy by bringing yet another championship home soon enough thanks largely due to these great athletes such as Joel Embiid (among others) playing for a team currently!
Syracuse – Philadelphia
1946 – Present / National Basketball Association
1946 – 1949 / National Basketball League
1963 – Present / Philadelphia 76ers
1946 – 1963 / Syracuse Nationals
76ers –The Syracuse Nationals were relocated to the City of Brotherly Love in 1963 and the team was renamed the 76ers, an allusion to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776.
A contest was held to decide on a new name for the team. The winning name, chosen by Walter Stalberg, was the "76ers." Newspaper writers liked the name because it was easily shortened to "Sixers" in headlines. The shorter name was quickly accepted by the team for marketing purposes, and for most of the last half-century "76ers" and "Sixers" have been officially interchangeable.
NBA Championships 2
1983, 1967, 1955
1996 – Present / Wells Fargo Center
1967 – 1995 / The Spectrum
1963 – 1967 / Convention Hall & Philadelphia Arena
1951 – 1963 / Onondaga War Memorial
1946 – 1951 / State Fair Coliseum
2012 – Present / Joshua Harris
1996 – 2011 / Comcast Spectacor
1981 – 1996 / Harold Katz
1976 – 1981 / Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.
1963 – 1976 / Irv Kosloff
1946 – 1963 / Daniel Biasone
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
2 / Moses Malone
3 / Allen Iverson
4 / Dolph Schayes
6 / Julius Erving
10 / Maurice Cheeks
13 / Wilt Chamberlain
15 / Hal Greer
24 / Bobby Jones
32 / Billy Cunningham
34 / Charles Barkley
– / Dave Zinkoff
*Blue is this team’s history