Philadelphia 76ers: 15 greatest draft picks in franchise history

(Photo by Melanie Fidler/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Melanie Fidler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
5 of 16
(Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images) /

. PF. Texas-Pan American, 1964. Luke Jackson. 12. player. 93

Drafted in 1964, Luke Jackson spent his entire eight-year career with the Sixers. He made his only All-Star appearance as a rookie, but averaged a solid 9.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during his time with the team. He averaged a double-double three times.

Jackson was a major part of the Sixers’ 1966-67 championship team, which famously ended the Boston Celtics’ eight-year streak at the time. His rebounding was a major advantage at the four spot, while his interior scoring gave the Sixers’ a much-needed counter to Boston’s talented bigs.

After spending time next to Wilt Chamberlain during that title run, Jackson was eventually tasked with filling the void once Chamberlain departed. Injuries slowed him down, though, keeping his averages modest and cutting his career short.

In the 1971-72 season, which was Jackson’s final year with the team, he mustered only 17.2 minutes per game. That disappointing finish shouldn’t take away from his legacy as one of the Sixers’ most important pieces during a title run.