Julius “Dr. J” Erving finished his playing days comfortably among the greatest players in professional basketball history after spending five years in the ABA, followed by eleven in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Erving was named ABA MVP three times and received the honor once as a member of the NBA. He was a 16-time All-Star (5 ABA, 11 NBA) and won an NBA championship playing alongside fellow Hall of Famer Moses Malone in 1983. A look through the Sixers’ all-time leaders finds Erving’s name throughout. He ranks fourth in games played (836), second in field goals made (7,237), third in steals (1,508), first in blocks (1,293), and fourth in points per game (22.0).
Aside from the numbers, Dr. J is often remembered as one of the more electrifying high-flyers the NBA/ABA has ever seen.
Prior to his days as a pro, and standout player at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Erving called Roosevelt, New York home. Thursday, the hoops legend returned to his hometown for a special honor. A section of Nassau Road has been renamed in his honor and now there’s a sign to make it official.
Proud moment! pic.twitter.com/LESsmJZewu
— Julius Dr J Erving (@OfficialDrJ6) November 8, 2013
If you didn’t catch the documentary The Doctor that premiered on NBATV earlier this year it’s definitely worth a watch.