The 5 Most Overrated Philadelphia 76ers Players of All Time

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

The 5 Most Overrated Philadelphia 76ers Players of All Time

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    The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the NBA's most historically significant franchises, but they've had their share of overrated and disappointing players through the years.

    Players like Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley will be celebrated as the franchise begins its 50th season of play, but there won't be much attention paid to the players who failed to live up to expectations.

    The 2012-13 season figures to be one that highlights the franchise's many crowning achievements, but we must first shed some light on players whose time with the Sixers did not help their legacies.

    Here are the 5 most overrated 76ers of all time.

Glenn Robinson

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    "Remember how great it was to watch Glenn Robinson in 2003" is a declaration that no Sixers fan has made. Ever.

    Robinson was one of a litany of supposed superstars brought aboard by Billy King in an attempt to create a super-pairing with Allen Iverson. Unfortunately, like those other moves, the Robinson move was an utter failure.

    From the day he arrived in Philly, Robinson was a massive disappointment, considering the high expectations that were thrust upon him.

    Robinson averaged 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and one steal per game during his lone "productive" season in Philadelphia. Those numbers look good, but they don't tell the full story.

    After wading through all of the lousy defense and poor shot selections, Robinson was eventually dealt to the New Orleans Hornets just over a year later. Good riddance.

Jerry Stackhouse

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    The beginning of a lengthy and prosperous career for Jerry Stackhouse began in Philadelphia in 1995. While his athleticism and raw skill were undeniable, Stackhouse wasn't as productive as you may have thought. In fact, during his two seasons in Philly, Stackhouse posted PERs of under 15 (via

    Stackhouse was immediately thrust into a huge role for the Sixers, playing more than 35 minutes per night over his first two seasons.

    On one of the league's most disappointing teams, Stackhouse averaged over 19 points in both 1995-96 and 1996-97, but failed to shoot at an efficient rate.

    Stackhouse shot just over 40 percent from the field and barely over 30 percent from three during his rookie season, with those averages dropping in year two.

    Stackhouse and the Sixers ultimately parted ways on bad terms, as Allen Iverson emerged as the team's primary scorer and new star during his 1996 rookie campaign.

Eric Snow

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    Eric Snow was by no means a bad player, but it feels like time has inflated his legacy a bit.

    A member of the 2000-01 Eastern Conference Champions, Snow was the Sixers starting point guard, but was never the primary ball-handler thanks to that guy named Iverson.

    Snow's scoring numbers jumped from single digits to just over 12 points per game after the 2000-01 season, but that's as good as they would get. 

    In a sense, Iverson made Snow. Iverson's legacy is intertwined with many of the members of that 2000-01 team, so it's no surprise that Snow, and many of his teammates, are revered in Philadelphia for their accomplishments.

    Snow's brief return to the city as the Sixers' color commentator was marked by hilarity—when he infamously took a brief nap during a live broadcast.

Shawn Bradley

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    A 7'6'' center sounds great in theory, but Shawn Bradley was a downright disaster during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers.

    It's easy to say in hindsight, but Bradley was clearly overrated entering the 1993 NBA draft. A prospect with Bradley's combination of height and potential had never been seen before, but he failed to prosper at the professional level. In the end, Bradley's lanky frame and passive style didn't quite help his cause.

    Selected No. 2 overall in the 1993 NBA draft, Bradley's name will forever be associated with many of the superior talents in his draft class—guys like Chris Webber (No. 1 overall), Penny Hardaway (No. 3 overall) and Jamal Mashburn (No. 4 overall).

    Through injuries and inconsistent play, Bradley was a bust given his draft position, and it's for that unfortunate reason that he lands on this list.

Chris Webber

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    Much like with Glenn Robinson, the move to acquire Chris Webber was just too little, too late for the Sixers.

    Webber's arrival was met with big expectations from a restless fanbase, and it was assumed that he would help propel Allen Iverson to another run of postseason success.

    Unfortunately, Webber could only produce so much in what ended up being one of the last stops of his NBA career. What fans thought they were going to see from Webber contrasted harshly with reality. Webber's game was fading with age, but fans opted to ignore that key piece of information.

    Instead of the athletic, versatile player fans had grown accustomed to, Webber adapted his game with age, often settling for mid-range jumpers as opposed to posting up the opposition.

    In the end, it wasn't that Webber's production was all that bad—it's that fans set expectations that were unattainable.