Originally posted on The Recliner GM  |  Last updated 3/8/12

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page

Longevity – 2

Even though he’s damn near an icon in the city, he only played for the Sixers for 5 seasons. 4 during his prime, and 1 return engagement on his way out.

Peak – 5

The best player in the league in 1982-83, his first with the team, and darn near the best for his other 3 prime seasons. In his MVP year, he went for 24.5 points, 15.3 boards and 2.0 blocks per game. The next three years he averaged 23.7/12.7/1.3.

Popularity – 5

Fo’ fo’ fo’

Team Success – 4

229-99 during his first tenure, with one championship (1983) and 6 playoff series victories. That’s an average single-season record of 57-25.

Awards – 3

MVP in 1982-83, Finals MVP in same year, 1st team All-NBA twice, 2nd team once, and an all-star each of his first four seasons with the team.

Stats – 2

Because he was only around 5 seasons, you won’t see him at the top of many leaderboards. However, even though he is 27th in minutes as a Sixer, he is 3rd in offensive rebounds, 7th in FT made, 10th in blocks, 12th in total rebounds and 16th in points. On a per game average (at least 100 games played), he’s 6th in ppg, and 3rd in rpg – and would be higher in both had he not come back for that last season.

Historical Standing – 4

29,580 career points (NBA/ABA), 17,834 rebounds. Among the greatest centers to ever play the game, but not quite in that top category with Kareem, Wilt, Russell, etc…

Excitement – 3

Not exactly a high flyer, but was fun to watch his ability on the boards, particularly at the offense end. He was an amazing talent, coming in out of high school when no one else really did. And in his first season, at age 19, he averaged 18 and 14 for ABA’s Utah Stars.

Total: 28

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page

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