Over the month of September, along with intermittent lockout news and other nuggets from the staff here at The Sixer Sense, you’ll find my rankings of the top 30 Sixers over the past 30 years. Sadly, 30 for 30 was already taken.
Why do this now? First, basketball news has been relatively thin, and many people, like myself, miss the NBA. This gives us something to talk about, which is always nice. Second, this season will be the 30th since the 76ers last won an NBA title, including the season that they actually won it, 1982-83. And third, we want you, the fans, to keep coming back every day to read the site in preparation for what we hope is a full NBA season.
So given those reasons, here’s what I considered when rating the players:
1. Time with the team
I automatically left out any players who spent a year or less with the team, no matter how good or bad the player was. For example, Keith Van Horn was a better basketball player than many of the players on the list, but since he only spent one season on the team, I excluded him from consideration. Also, the earliest any player could have played was on the finals team – they also had to finish the season with the team. Thus, players like Darryl Dawkins and Doug Collins missed the list.
2. Contribution to team success
I gave bonuses to players that played on winning teams. Yes, that seems unfair, since players can only have so much control over whether or not they play on good or bad teams. But I would like to think of this list as the players that meant the most to the fans, not the most valuable or best overall. For example, I ranked several role players from title contenders ahead of the best players from bad or mediocre teams.
Stats do matter in the evaluation of players, so I did consider them when forming this list. Otherwise, according to just the two criteria above, Willie Green would have made the list. But Willie was so bad at basketball that I could not put him on the list without making the list a complete joke.
Also, some disclaimers. This list is clearly not well-defined. These are simply my opinions, assisted by those of the staff here. If you disagree, fine. Heck, I want you too, if you feel as if a certain player has been wronged or highly overrated. We at The Sixer Sense, and at FanSided as a whole, want to hear what you have to say. But please be cordial – if you disagree with a ranking, tell us why. Give us a good reason. Make a strong argument. And if you do, you may change some minds.
Finally, here are the guys who just missed the list, not in any order:
– Rick Mahorn
– Matt Geiger (yeah, him)
– Roy Hinson
And the players who just missed due to the year cutoff:
– Darryl Dawkins
– Steve Mix (announcers were also not eligible, thus he and Marc Zumoff would have definitely made it)
– Doug Collins (coaches also ineligible)
– Caldwell Jones