The Philadelphia 76ers, popularly known as the Sixers are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA. Having been founded in 1946, the franchise has had a rich history much of which was made by basketball legends, Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone and Allen Iverson. Having won three NBA Championships, the franchise has struggled as of late with its last playoff appearance coming in the 2011-12 season. However, with star players on the roster such as Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington, the Sixers can turn things around during the upcoming NBA season. Get your Sixers tickets today!
The Sixers are back and poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. With an up and coming roster, Philadelphia will look to put the pieces together and make some noise in a competitive Eastern Conference. Check out the Philadelphia 76ers schedule to find out when the Sixers face up against division rivals, the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks who seek to keep the Sixers out of the playoffs. Grab your Philadelphia 76ers tickets and head down to the Wells Fargo Center to cheer your favorite team to victory.
Most Memorable Moments in the Philadelphia 76ers Storied History –
Being one of the oldest franchises, the Sixers have immensely contributed to the legacy of professional basketball in the City of Brotherly Love.
Revenge is Sweet – The 1979-80 and the 1981-82 seasons saw the Sixers play in the NBA Finals. However, they lost the Championship to the LA Lakers on both occasions. In the 1982-83 season, the Sixers were once again in the NBA Finals and once again facing their nemesis, the Lakers. However, this time around, the Sixers trounced the Lakers, 4-0, thanks to Moses Malone and other Sixers.
1977 Eastern Conference Championship– At the end of the 1976-77 NBA regular season, the Sixers were on a roll. They had won 50 games in the season and had stood 1st in their division as well as the conference. They then met the Celtics for the conference semifinals, which they won, 4-3. Advancing into the conference finals, the Sixers faced the Rockets, which were also beaten, 4-2. The Sixers were now in the NBA Finals, squaring against the Trail Blazers. They won the first two games. However, out of nowhere, the Trail Blazers mounted a comeback and won the next four games. The season however still remains a memorable one for everyone associated with the 76ers because this was their first conference championship win in ten years.
Philadelphia’s Archrivals –
Speaking of some of the greatest rivalries in professional basketball, the Sixers – Celtics rivalry is one of the most well-known. In addition, the Sixers have storied rivalries with the Lakers and the Knicks.
76ers – Celtics – This rivalry ranks just a notch below the historic Celtics-Lakers rivalry. The earliest dated rivalry in the league, the two teams have met for a total of nineteen postseason series, the most in the NBA playoffs. The Celtics lead the series, 12-7. The rivalry was started by none other than Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell of the Celtics. Over the years, this clash of titans has seen many ups and down, however with star players on both rosters, this rivalry is as fierce today as it was when it began.
76ers – Lakers – Both teams play in the Western Conference and therefore are each other’s biggest rivals. This rivalry was at its hottest point during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson were on one side and Moses Malone and Julius Erving were playing on the other half of the court. During this era, both teams met thrice in the NBA Finals, with the Lakers winning twice. The rivalry subsided for a while till Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, Shaquille O’Neil and Kobe Bryant appeared on the scene. Right now both teams are undergoing a rebuilding phase and therefore their rivalry, too, has cooled for now.
76ers – Knicks – This is a “geographical” rivalry, since both New York City and Philadelphia are situated on the East Coast, with close proximity which can be covered by car in 2 hours. This basketball rivalry is in line with both cities rivalry in the MLB – Mets – Phillies, the NFL rivalry of the Eagles and the Giants and the NHL rivalry of Flyers - Rangers.
Greatest Sixers Ever –
Being one of the oldest teams in the league, the Sixers also boast one of the longest lists of basketball hall of famers, some of which are listed below:
Julius Erving – Popularly known as “Dr. J,” Erving in his 11 seasons with the teams made it to 11 All-Star teams. In 1981, he was awarded the prestigious MVP Award for averaging 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He was the Vince Carter and LeBron James of his time.
Wilt Chamberlain – Chamberlain was Philadelphia’s favorite son. From 1965-68, he won three MVP Awards. He led the Sixers in the 1966-67 season, when the team won 68 games and won its second NBA Championship against the Warriors.
Allen Iverson – Iverson’s flashy lifestyle and gaudy chains were overlooked in Philadelphia when in 2001 he averaged 31.1 points and 2.5 steals per game to won the MVP Award. He led the 2001 Sixers all the way to the NBA Finals. He may have never won the NBA Championship in Philadelphia, but he was a 6-time All-Star and a 7-time All-NBA player.
Philadelphia 76ers Season Tickets –
With Philadelphia 76ers season tickets in hand, you may not only see your favorite team play in the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12, but also experience what the City of Brotherly Love has to offer to its visitors.
Philadelphia is a great city that is known for its passionate sports fans. Every Sixers game, the visiting team is reminded of that home court advantage. Don't miss your chance to be a part of one of the league's most hostile environments at the Wells Fargo Center . Get Sixers tickets before you head to Philly to see how far this team will last in playoffs.