All-Time NBA Starting Fives: Philadelphia 76ers

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All-Time NBA Starting Fives: Philadelphia 76ers

Despite mainstream media portrayal as one of America’s more tortured cities/fan bases, I, with all the credibility of someone’s who’s never set foot in the city (scale of 1-100, maybe a 6?), tend to think the sports suffering of the city of Philadelphia is either a) overblown or, at the very least, b) rapidly fading into the past. Truth is, Philly fans have enjoyed a fantastic decade, with each of the city’s major teams at least once reaching the final rung of the championship ladder, with the 2008 Phillies succeeding in bringing home the prize. While getting close and falling short may sting, there’s a town in Northern Ohio that… never mind.

This occurred to me, admittedly in a largely NBA-centric sense, as I sifted through the history of the Philadelphia 76ers (and Syracuse Nationals, as they were previously known) in order to assemble an all-time starting five. While there’s little argument that only the Lakers and the Celtics occupy the NBA penthouse, both in terms of teams success and quality of talent through the years, it’s tough to avoid placing the Philadelphia 76ers at the very top of the next tier, given the franchise’s 9 Finals appearances (trailing only LA & Boston), 3 Championships (1967, 1983 and 1955 in Syracuse) and laundry list of superstars and legends. Though the years, this franchise has been stacked with talent.

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