The Philadelphia 76ers are a historic franchise with some memorable playoff runs. Here are 15 postseason moments that stand out.
Once the Syracuse Nationals, the Philadelphia 76ers were founded in 1946, making them one of the NBA’s longest-tenured franchises. There have been some remarkable highs and agonizing lows over the past seven-plus decades, including many great postseason moments and three NBA titles (1955, 1967 and 1983).
The Sixers are currently locked in battle with the Brooklyn Nets, looking to advance to the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals. With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris on board, the Sixers have arguably their most talented team since 1983. It just so happens that 1983 was the last time Philadelphia won a championship.
While the are formidable opponents in front of the Sixers — the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors most likely — Philadelphia finally has a realistic path to glory. It hasn’t been that way in quite some time.
In honor of the Sixers’ newfound opportunities, we decided to break down the most memorable playoff moments in the franchise’s lengthy existence. Ranging from their first title (as Philadelphia) in 1967, to Allen Iverson’s indomitable presence in the early 2000s, there’s a lot to sift through.
It’s impossible to include everything — apologies to the Jared Dudley brawl — but that doesn’t mean it was forgotten. When you’re taking 70 years into account, there tend to be more than 15 moments worth remembering. Here are the 15 that stand out the most when looking back on the Sixers’ postseason journeys.