30 YEARS & COUNTING

Last night as I watched LeBron and the Miami Heat celebrate their NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs as well as back-to-back NBA titles, I began to wonder if the 76ers will ever hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy again in my lifetime.

I think and hope they will.  However, given that the team is currently an absolute mess and that Sam Hinkie has a long road ahead of him to simply make this team respectable,  I don’t believe an NBA championship is coming to Philadunkia nation any time soon.

So, as the Heat poured champagne all over each other last night, I started thinking about better times for the Sixers and I was reminded that it has been 30 years since Doc, Moses, Mo, Bobby, Toney and Ivaroni were crowned NBA Champions and led a parade down Broad Street.  That’s right, 30 years!

A great deal has happened with the 76ers and across the Association in the last 30 years.  After the jump I’ll look at some items within this franchise and around the NBA that have occurred since the Sixers last won it the title back in 1983.

 

Of course we’re going to roll out this post by the numbers.

…since the Sixers last won the NBA title in 1983.

 

30.  The number of years that have passed since the Sixers had a championship parade…

29.  The number of games I predicted Andrew Bynum would play for the Sixers (I was wrong)…

28.  The number of seasons the Sixers have posted an ORtg of 100+…

27.  The number of times Shawn Bradley scored 17 or more points in a game for the Sixers (143 gms.)…

26.  The number of playoff games the Sixers have won AFTER the 1st Round…

25.  The number of times a week I curse Larry Brown for taking Larry Hughes instead of Paul Pierce…

24.  The number of high schoolers drafted in the 1st round by other NBA teams before the Sixers finally selected a “straight-out-of-high-school” player (2nd round of the 2005 Draft — Louis Williams)…

23.  The number of times (rounded up) that Iverson used the word “Practice” in his infamous press conference

22.  The number of games Kwame Brown has played for the Sixers …

21.  The number of seasons total attendance at Sixers games has exceeded 1.2 million fans (2012-13 was NOT one of those seasons)…

20.  The number of times (per season) that I told Iguodala supporters that ‘Dre would never break through to that “elite” level and that I was okay with that fact…

19.  The amount of money (Nearly.  18.2 to be exact) in millions, that the Sixers paid Elton Brand to simply go away…

18.  The number of times (combined) that the Celtics and/or Lakers have made it to the NBA Finals…

17.  The number of years the Sixers have qualified for the NBA Playoffs…

16.  The number of dollars (in millions) the Sixers have paid Andrew Bynum for zero games played…

15.  The number of head coaches the Sixers have gone through …

14.  The number of Draft Lottery picks the Sixers have made…

13.  The number of seasons the Sixers have finished with a winning record…

12.  The number of different GMs who have run the Sixers …

11.  The number of 76ers who have been selected to the NBA All-Star Game… (Holiday; Iguodala; Iverson; Barkley;  Barros; Hawkins; Mutombo; Ratliff; Moses; Cheeks; Erving) .

10.  The number of consecutive years Allen Iverson was the Sixers leading scorer (ppg.)…

9.  The number of times that the Sixers have advanced past the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs…

8.  The number of different NBA teams that have hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy…

7.  The number of seasons in which the Sixers won 30 or fewer games…

6.  The number of times a 76er has been selected NBA Player of the Month (Iverson 4x; Barkley 2x)…

5.  The number of seasons the Sixers have won 50+ games…

4.  The number of ‘chip rings Tim Duncan has collected…

3.  The number of NBA titles our rivals, the hated Boston Celtics, have won…

2.  The number of championship rings Lebron, who was born in 1984, has collected…

 1.  The number of 76ers that have been chosen as League MVP (Iverson)…

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