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|Stadium:||Wells Fargo Center|
|Colours:||Blue, red, navy, silver & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Dolph Schayes, Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Al Cervi, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, George Yardley, Bailey Howell, Bob McAdoo, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Chet Walker, Dikembe Mutombo, Allen Iverson, George McGinnis, Maurice Cheeks & Bobby Jones|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Jack Ramsay, Alex Hannum & Larry Brown|
|Rivals:||Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers & New York Knicks|
|Legends:||Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley & Allen Iverson|
|Retired Numbers:||2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 13, 15, 24, 32 & 34|
|NBA Championships||3: 1955, 1967 & 1983|
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Starting in 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals in the National Basketball League, this franchise has had a rich, and at times, successful history. The Nationals would make the playoffs for three straight years before switching leagues and joining the newly formed NBA.
Behind Dolph Schayes and Billy Gabor, the Nationals won the Eastern Division and had a league best record of 51-13 in their first year in the league. Syracuse would go on to beat the Philadelphia Warriors and New York Knicks on the way to their first NBA Finals appearance, falling to the Minneapolis Lakers 4-2.
The next three seasons saw the Nationals make the playoffs, but unable to make the Finals again. In the first round of the 1953 playoffs, Syracuse was down 0-1 to the Boston Celtics in a best of three series, meaning they had to win game two to stay alive. With the Nationals fighting for their season, the game went into quadruple overtime, still the longest playoff game in NBA history, but eventually lost 111-105.
The Nationals would add Alex Gorza and Ralph Beard from the folding Indianapolis Olympians, helping push the team back to the NBA Finals where they would again face the Lakers. Syracuse fought hard and forced a game seven, but would fall again to their rivals.
The league was struggling and had dropped down to only eight teams, so Nationals owner suggested limiting the amount of time each team had to shoot, with the shot clock being created and having great success in the league.
Syracuse would win the Eastern Division for the third straight time and make the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year, this time coming up against the Fort Wayne Pistons. Led by Schayes, the now experienced Nationals team would win their first NBA Championship, 4-3.
The Nationals had a sluggish season as defending champions, only just winning a tiebreaker game against the Knicks to make the playoffs before losing in the division finals to the Philadelphia Warriors.
This would be the first of eight seasons that a star-less Syracuse would hold their own in a star dominated league, making the playoffs each year but unable to make it back to the Finals.
In 1963, new investors moved the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia, filling the hole left by the Warriors that had moved to San Francisco. The team became the Philadelphia 76ers, with ‘Sixers’ also being used.
The first season in Philadelphia saw a first round elimination, but following the season the Sixers brought home-town hero Wilt Chamberlain back to Philadelphia after he left for San Francisco with the Warriors.
In Chamberlain’s first season with the team he took them back to the Eastern Division Finals, where they fell to a familiar foe, the Boston Celtics. The following season Chamberlain would win MVP, his second and first with the team, while leading the Sixers to the best record in the East, however they again fell to the Celtics in the East Finals.
Wilt would win his second straight MVP in 1967 whilst leading Philly to what was the best record in league history at the time, 68-13. Wilt, along with Hal Greer who was named to the All-NBA Second Team, helped lead the team to 3-1 and 4-1 series victories over the Cincinnati Royals and the Celtics, returning to the NBA Finals for the first time since relocating.
The Sixers would come up against Wilt and Philadelphia’s old team, the San Francisco Warriors. Philly dominated the series against the Warriors, winning their second championship 4-2.
Wilt won his third straight MVP and led the Sixers to another match up with the Celtics in the Division Finals. Philly would hold a 3-1 lead over their rivals, looking for a second straight Finals berth, but Boston caused the upset, winning the next three games with the Sixers losing 4-3.
Philadelphia dealt Chamberlain to the Lakers in the 1968 offseason, following that defeat to the Celtics, marking the end of an era and the beginning of a downward trend for the team. Philly would make the playoffs in the first three seasons without Wilt, before missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 1972.
That would mark the first of four seasons missing the playoffs for Philly, with the worst coming in the 1972-73 season with a record of just 9-73, second worst in league history. Philly made the playoffs again in 1976 after acquiring George McGinnis and drafting Darryl Dawkins.
Unfortunately Philly would lose in the first round, but in the offseason bought Julius Erving from the New York Nets who became the star that the Sixers needed to fill the void left by Wilt.
Erving would lead Philly to the top of the Eastern Conference, defeating the Celtics and Houston Rockets on their way to another Finals appearance, their first since winning the title 10 years earlier. The Sixers would get a 2-0 over Bill Walton and the Portland Trail Blazers but lose the next four games and the series.
Philly wouldn’t make it back to the Finals until 1980 after two years of disappointing playoff exits, to face the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers would lose to the Lakers 4-2 after Magic Johnson dominated the series.
Erving would win his first NBA MVP in 1981 while leading Philly to a 3-1 series lead over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Much like 1968, the Celtics won the next three games to defeat Philly in seven games.
Deja vu in 1982, with the Sixers facing the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year, again holding a 3-1 lead. Boston won the next two games to force a game seven in Boston.
Everyone doubted the Sixers after last year’s performance, but Erving and McGinnis helped Philly pull away and advance to the Finals where they would face the Lakers for the second time in three years, eventually losing 4-2 again.
Philly traded for dominant Houston Rockets center, Moses Malone, who went on to win MVP in his first season with the team. Malone, Erving and Sixth Man of the Year Bobby Jones led the team to the best record in the East, breezing through the playoffs to face the Lakers in the Finals again.
This would be the fifth time Philly had faced Los Angeles in the Finals, and would end up being the first time and only time they would beat them, sweeping the Lakers with Malone winning Finals MVP. Philly only lost one game the entire playoffs which is a tied record low for a Championship winning team.
The Sixers would have a disappointing season after their Championship, falling to Erving’s old team the Nets in the opening round of the playoffs. The poor performance allowed Philly to draft Charles Barkley with the fifth pick in the 1984 draft.
Despite making the Eastern Conference Finals in Barkley’s first year with the team, that would be as far as the team got, trading Malone, trading the first pick in the 1986 draft and Erving retiring in 1987 hindering the team from reaching the ultimate stage.
After missing the playoffs in 1992, Philly traded fan favourite Barkley to the Phoenix Suns, marking the end of an era, with 1992 being the first of seven straight years missing the playoffs.
During this time the Sixers drafted Allen Iverson with the first pick in the 1996 draft. Iverson went on to win Rookie of the Year and helped turn Philadelphia’s fortunes around. Defensive minded Larry Brown was hired as head coach and the team traded for more defensive players to surround Iverson.
The team would keep building and return to the playoffs in 1999, defeating the Orlando Magic in the first round before falling to the Indiana Pacers in the second round. The team would keep progressing in 2000 but would again fall to the Pacers in the second round.
Things would click in the 2000-01 season with Larry Brown being nominated as Coach of the Eastern Conference All Stars and Iverson winning All Star Game MVP. To help shore up their big man rotation, Philly traded for Dikembe Mutombo, who went on to win Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron McKie would win Sixth Man of the Year and the team went on to have the best record in the East.
Philly would face the Pacers in the first round, however were able to overcome the team that had eliminated them the previous two years. Iverson then led the team over the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, advancing to the Finals for the first time since 1983, when they beat the Lakers. Waiting for them in the 2001 Finals was Los Angeles.
Game one would go to overtime, where the Lakers scored the first five points of the extra period before Philly rallied to win the game, with Iverson hitting a dagger over a falling Ty Lue, where he infamously stepped over the Lakers guard after hitting the shot. Philly would go on to lose the next four games to the Lakers, falling to them in the Finals for the fifth time.
The Sixers weren’t able to live up to the heights of 2001 again, falling in the first and second rounds of the 2002 and 2003 playoffs, despite the incredible offensive play of Iverson. Brown would leave the team in the 2003 offseason, and Philly would miss the 2004 playoffs.
The Sixers drafted Andre Igoudala and acquired Chris Webber in an attempt to help Iverson get the team back to the Finals, however were outdone by the Detroit Pistons, who were coached by Larry Brown, in the first round.
Iverson was eventually traded in 2006 after constant disagreements with the front office and Webber was bought out allowing Igoudala to become the leader of the franchise. Adding Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand and Lou Williams to support their star. Despite this help Philly made the playoffs four times over seven years, only making it out of the first round once in this time.
Igoudala was eventually traded in the 2012 offseason and with Sam Hinkie leading the front office, the Sixers entered ‘The Process’, where they would attempt to acquire as many draft picks as possible, aiming for the future.
In 2013 the Sixers would acquire Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, with the latter winning 2014 Rookie of the Year, before drafting Joel Embiid and trading for Dario Saric in the 2014 offseason.
The year of 2015 saw Philly finish with an 18-64 record and draft Jahlil Okafor with the third pick in the draft, with many questioning the fit with Okafor and Embiid, before going 10-72 for their second worst season in franchise history in 2016. This dismal record allowed them to draft Australian high school phenom Ben Simmons, who would sit out his first year in the league due to injury.
Returning as a rookie in his second year in the system, Simmons led the Sixers to the playoffs while winning 2018 Rookie of the Year. This was despite trading from the third pick to the first pick in the 2017 draft to draft Markelle Fultz, who would end up injury plagued and eventually traded from the team.
Simmons and Embiid would defeat the Miami Heat in the first round before falling to the none other than the Boston Celtics. Philly would ‘end the process’ by trading young stars Robert Covington and Saric to Minnesota for Jimmy Butler, hoping he would bring playoff experience and veteran leadership to help the Sixers go all the way.
During the 2018-19 season the team also traded for Tobias Harris, winning 50 games for the second straight season. They defeated the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round before facing Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.
Philly took Toronto to seven games and with the scores tied in the final seconds, Leonard put up a shot that bounced off the rim multiple times before going in and ending the Sixers’ season.
Butler signed with Miami as a restricted free agent in the 2019 offseason, forcing a sign-and-trade bringing Josh Richardson back in the trade, and expectations were high for the Simmons and Embiid pairing.
With many thinking the two were unable to succeed together, they needed to start making a big difference in the postseason. Philly started the 2019-20 season on fire, but fell away late and only went 4-4 during their eight seeding games after the COVID-19 suspension.
Simmons went down with a season ending knee injury in the third seeding game, and the team wasn’t able to overcome his absence, being swept by arch rivals, the Boston Celtics, in the first round. Brett Brown was fired as head coach after the playoff exit, with Doc Rivers being named as his replacement.
Doc attempted to make the Simmons-Embiid pairing work, and it did for the most part. Embiid was second in MVP voting, Simmons was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting and the Sixers finished on top of the Eastern Conference. This was all despite losing Embiid for 10 games and Simmons still being reluctant to shoot.
The latter of those two troubles was exacerbated in the playoffs. Philly were good enough to eliminated the Wizards in five games but had issues with the Hawks in the Conference Semi-Finals. Simmons became non-existent on offense while Embiid, forced to do too much, became ineffective and careless. The Sixers eventually lost in seven games, getting boo’d off the court by the Philadelphia fans.
The 76ers were upset by the Hawks in an embarrassing Conference Semifinals loss. The number 1 seed in the East lost to a team many expected to get beaten in the first round of the playoffs. With a bunch of offseason turmoil surrounding Ben Simmons, the 76ers seem to be getting their star point guard back. With a relatively quiet offseason, the 76ers bring back the same team to take another crack in the East. Will their core be enough to beat the powerhouses in the East, or will they yet again be embarrassed in the playoffs?
Last season the 76ers hired Doc Rivers to help lead the team to an NBA Finals. Rivers is one of the most esteemed coaches currently in the league. Before his successful coaching career, Rivers was a point guard in the NBA and was a 1 time All-Star. Rivers won an NBA Championship as the head coach of the Boston Celtics in 2008 and was voted as the coach of the year in 2000. Before his stint at the 76ers, Rivers helped coach an overachieving Clippers team. In his long career as a head coach, Rivers has made the playoffs 17 times and missed them just 5 times.
To help Rivers push the 76ers to the finals the front office didn’t do much. The front office added a bunch of low level free agents as well as Andre Drummond. This is a surprising lack of change given what transpired in the postseason. The team also drafted Jaden Springer 28th overall. Springer provides the team with more depth at the guard position as well as more shooting which is important given Ben Simmons’ lack of shooting.
Springer shot 43.5% from 3 in college and is capable of hitting open shots when the ball is dished out to him. His biggest strength is his inside scoring, where he can be resourceful and make tough shots in numerous different ways. Drummond should also make a good impact serving as a good backup to Embiid. However the addition of these 2 players doesn’t create much confidence as the 76ers haven’t done enough to put them on the same tier as the Bucks or Nets.
The key player for the 76ers will be Joel Embiid. Embiid finished 2nd in MVP voting and had the best season of his career averaging 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Embiid was also extremely efficient shooting 51.3% from the field and 37.7% from 3. Embiid will be trying to replicate his play from last season.
Embiid was phenomenal in all aspects of the game with a 63.6 true shooting percentage, 18.7% total rebound percentage (8th in the league) and had a huge load with a 35.3% usage rate. Embiid was the reason the 76ers were the 1st seed in the East last season, and the success of the 76ers is greatly tied to Embiid.
Behind Embiid, the second most important player is Ben Simmons. When Simmons plays aggressive and plays well, the 76ers can beat anyone. Although his shooting remains a question mark, Simmons is elite in every other aspect of basketball. However, when Simmons shies away and plays timid, the 76ers struggle mightily as evident by the team’s loss to the Hawks in the playoffs.
Simmons’ signature play last year was passing off a wide open dunk in the playoffs which was a key reason why the team lost the series due to not only the effect on the score but also the effect on the rest of the team mentally. Simmons will have to rebuild a lot of bridges he burnt down in his quest to get traded as well. If Simmons can’t make amends and improve his play, the 76ers will be doomed come playoff time.
The breakout player for the 76ers is fan favourite Matisse Thybulle. Aside from his great vlog series on YouTube, Thybulle is also known for his great wing defense. He quickly transformed into one of the best wing defenders in the league. Although the numbers don’t do Thybulle justice, watching him defend is incredibly fun. Thybulle earned 1 vote for defensive player of the year and made the All-Defensive second team last season.
Although his playing time was limited due to his inconsistent offense, Thybulle still earned playing time due to his defensive prowess. Thybulle averaged 2.9 steals and 2 blocks per 75 possessions which is a historic pace. If Thybulle can continue working on his shooting, we wouldn’t be surprised if Thybulle made the All-Defensive first team while playing on big minutes, if he can improve his shooting.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the team’s direction and offseason plans, Philadelphia’s 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +3300. With the news of Doc Rivers becoming coach and both Simmons and Embiid seeming to be fully healthy, their odds came in to +2800 just before the draft.
These odds continued to improve with the exceptional play of the Sixers, who remained in the top 2-3 teams in the East all season. Philly were top five in the odds for the back half of the season and entering the playoffs, but were undone by Atlanta in the Conference Semi-finals and had futures bettors asking themselves why they ever trusted the Simmons-Embiid duo…
A 38-30-4 record against the spread was good enough for eighth best in the league. This was thanks to a handy 22-13-1 home ATS record, which helped out the lacklustre 16-17-3 road ATS record the Sixers had.
Being a top five defense and having a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Ben Simmons meant that the Sixers O/U record sat at 34-38. Their home offense actually mean that, when in Philadelphia, their O/U record was an impressive 21-15, sixth best in the league, but their road O/U left a lot to the imagination, being just 13-23, equal-second worst in the league.
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Where do the Philadelphia 76ers play?
The Philadelphia 76ers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center.
Who owns the Philadelphia 76ers?
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment are the ownership group of the Philadelphia 76ers after purchasing the team for $280M in 2011.
Have the Philadelphia 76ers won an NBA Championship?
The Philadelphia 76ers have won 3 NBA Championships, in 1955, 1967 and 1983.
Who is the Philadelphia 76ers coach?
Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Rivers was hired in the 2020 offseason after being head coach of the Clippers for seven years.
Do the Philadelphia 76ers play tonight?
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What is the Philadelphia 76ers record?
The Philadelphia 76ers had a 49-23 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Philadelphia 76ers win last night?
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How much are the Philadelphia 76ers worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Philadelphia 76ers are worth $2 billion.
Who do the Philadelphia 76ers play tonight?
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How to watch the Philadelphia 76ers?
You can watch the Philadelphia 76ers on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or NBC Sports Philadelphia or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Philadelphia 76ers make the playoffs this year?
The Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs in the 2020-21 season after finishing 1st in the East with a 49-23 record.
Will the Philadelphia 76ers get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Philadelphia 76ers received the 28th pick in the 2021 NBA draft. Their only other selection is pick 50.
When do the Philadelphia 76ers play?
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Where did the Philadelphia 76ers finish the season?
The Philadelphia 76ers finished the 2020-21 NBA season in 1st place in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Philadelphia 76ers win?
The Philadelphia 76ers won 49 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
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