In case you need to be reminded, the team out in the Bay Area — you know, the team that won the 2016 NBA Championships — has its roots in Philadelphia. As with the Dodgers, Giants, and Athletics, the Warriors chose to leave the dreary East Coast in 1962 for the sunny (or sunnier) climes of San Francisco. As a great basketball city, Philadelphia couldn’t be without a pro team for long, so in 1963, the Syracuse Nationals packed up and left New York State to become the 76ers (aka the Sixers).
With red, white, and blue uniforms and an anthem that told fans, “You’ll love the spirit of the 76ers…,” the new Philadelphia franchise set out to reignite local interest, playing games at the fabled Palestra and Civic Center/Convention Hall. It wasn’t until the 1964-65 season that the NBA and its followers took notice; hometown hero Wilt Chamberlain was traded to the 76ers and led the squad to an NBA title in the 1966-67 season. This began a series of ups and downs, including a team that won more than 60 games a season and a season that saw the Sixers win only nine games.
In more than 50 seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have had their share of superstars and role players. So, we assembled a dream team of the five starters and two sixth men from across Sixer history. They would certainly give any current team a game to remember.