The Philadelphia 76ers might have finished this season with a losing record, but it wasn't always that way. They had a lot of help in those years, but there are three draft picks that contributed early in their careers who really made it happen.
Cunningham averaged 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds over 11 seasons in the NBA and ABA. Unfortunately, a catastrophic knee injury cut his playing days short, but he transitioned from player to head coach during the 1977-85 seasons, a position at which he dominated. In 1983, the 76ers won 65 regular season games, went 12-1 during the playoffs and captured the NBA Championship. Cunningham’s .698 winning percentage is second highest in league history, just short of Phil Jackson's .704.
2 – Charles Barkley
Barkley sits at a close second, taking the position for the 76ers as a power forward and a formidable threat. In 1986-87, just his second season in the NBA, Barkley became the team's leading rebounder with a robust 14.6 rebounds per game. This was no easy feat, Moses Malone had won the league's rebounding title for six of the previous seven years.
1 – Allen Iverson
Despite his small stature, recorded at 6'0, Iverson maintained a regular season career scoring average of 26.7 points per game: good enough for sixth in NBA history. Not to mention that his 29.2 PPG playoff average ranks second only to Michael Jordan. In 2001, Iverson led the 76ers to a 56-26 record. With the top seed in the Eastern Conference secured, Iverson led his team to the 2001 NBA Finals. During that same season, Iverson led the NBA in scoring with 31.1 PPG and his 2.5 steals helped him earn the NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year.
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