Andre Iguodala and Top 10 Philadelphia 76ers Who Never Won a Title

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IAugust 21, 2012

Andre Iguodala and Top 10 Philadelphia 76ers Who Never Won a Title

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    The Philadelphia 76ers are, without a doubt, one of the most historic franchises in the NBA. In fact, the Sixers have a total of 47 playoff appearances.

    However, along with those 47 appearances came just three titles.

    Many NBA greats have played through the Sixers organization like Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving, but there were some who unfortunately could not win a title.

    Spoiler Alert: Marreese Speights did not make the cut. 

Honorable Mentions

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    Darryl Dawkins: 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks

    Thaddeus Young: 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 50.8% FG

    Lou Williams: 11.3 points, 3.0 assists, 373 3PM

    These are guys who have contributed to this franchise, but didn't make the cut. Thaddeus Young is still an active Sixer, and with the addition of Andrew Bynum, you never know what can happen in the next five years.

    As for Dawkins, he could have made the list, but what held me back was how high he was drafted and the fact that he didn't make a real impact until his third year in the league.

    Williams, on the other hand, doesn't put up the flashiest stats, but he was a great scoring spark off the bench these past several years.

Theo Ratliff

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    Theo Ratliff didn't have a great career, but his peak was with the Sixers.

    Ratliff averaged 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game as a Sixer and made his first and only All-Star game in 2001. That being said, he also led the league in blocks per game in 2001 (3.7) and made the All-NBA Defensive second team.

    Ratliff was a great shot-blocker and overall defensive presence when the Sixers made their title run, so it'd be hard to leave him off the list.

Steve Mix

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    In nine years with the Sixers, Steve Mix averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, respectively.

    Mix made the All-Star team in 1975 when he averaged 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game along with 1.7 steals. He also recorded a double-double the previous year with 2.2 steals per game.

    Although he isn't very famous, Mix was a big man who could shoot well and grab a lot of boards.

Dikembe Mutombo

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    Dikembe Mutombo may have only played in Philadelphia for two years, but in those two years, he helped bring them to the NBA Finals and served as the primary defensive presence.

    Mutombo, who is 7'2", averaged 11.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with the Sixers. He grabbed rebounds, and on the defensive end, was a constant shot-blocking threat.

    He was a two-time All-Star, led the league in rebounds per game in 2001 (13.5) and made the All-NBA second team and the All-NBA third team.

    The majority of Mutombo's biggest career highlights took place in a Sixers uniform.

George McGinnis

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    George McGinnis spent just three years with Philadelphia, but the man was talented and seriously produced for them.

    McGinnis was actually a star in the ABA and started his career in the NBA with the Sixers. He was an instant All-Star player. He averaged 23 points and 12.6 rebounds per game in his first season in the league. 

    He would continue his double-double streak with the Sixers averaging 22.2 points and 12 rebounds respectively in his career as a Sixer. Plus, he made the All-NBA first team in 1976.

Hersey Hawkins

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    Hersey Hawkins served as a solid 2-guard in his years as a Sixer. 

    The 6'3" three-point specialist shot nearly 41 percent from three-point range and over 46 percent from the field. 

    Hawkins' rookie campaign of 15.1 points, 1.5 steals per game and a 42 percent three-point percentage was enough to land him on the All-NBA Rookie first team. Just a year later, Hawkins would find himself on the All-Star team.

    Over the span of five years as a Sixer he averaged 19.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Plus, Hawkins only missed seven games over five years. 

    He did what the Sixers needed him to do, and he did it well.

Doug Collins

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    Doug Collins was drafted first overall out of Illinois State in the 1973 NBA draft.

    Aside from his rookie season and last two where his injury kept him out of a lot of games, Collins averaged 19.3 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game over the span of five seasons.

    Collins also participated in the infamous 1972 Summer Olympics where Team USA brought home (what really should have been gold) a silver medal.

    Now, Collins is coaching the Sixers off to new heights and serving as a great mentor for the young players.

Dolph Schayes

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    Dolph Schayes, NBA Hall of Famer, nearly his entire career with the Syracuse Nationals.

    Considering Schayes began his career in 1949, many fans are unfamiliar with the 6'7" forward. Nevertheless, Schayes averaged 19.8 points and 13.1 rebounds per game over his first 10 seasons in the league.

    He was a double-double machine, and when you look at his size, it's even more impressive.

Andre Iguodala

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    Andre Iguodala's identity will always be different, pending on each fan, but he is definitely one of the best Sixers not to win a championship. And you know what? I don't think it would be out of line for me to call him the most athletic player in Sixers history.

    Iguodala will always be known (or at least should be) as the player who could pretty much do everything. He played the role as the facilitator of the offense, a defensive stopper, and at times during his career, a scorer.

    That's right, many fans seem to forget that in the '07-'08 season, he averaged nearly 20 points per game.

    He was truly the jack of all trades. But, here's where the problem came with Iguodala: he simply wasn't meant to be a No. 1 player. All along, they tried to make him something he wasn't. He was never meant to lead a team and never meant to be a team's primary-scoring option.

    Instead, he was meant to be a guy to complement a superstar and the rest of the team. Unfortunately though, the Sixers never had a superstar in his time, and Iguodala was left ringless as a Sixer.

Charles Barkley

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    The idea that Charles Barkley never won a title with not only just the Sixers, but in his entire career is just terrible. Turrible, turrible, turrible.

    Barkley started his career as a Sixer in 1984 and left after eight years to go to the Phoenix Suns. However, Barkely made those eight years matter. In fact, he averaged 23.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game and shot nearly 58 percent from the field as a Sixer.

    On top of this, he made the All-NBA first team four times and All-NBA second team twice. When playing with the Sixers, Barkley was arguably the best big man in the league.

    The fact that the Sixers grabbed Barkley fifth overall was a huge steal.

Allen Iverson

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    By far, the greatest scorer in Sixers history and also the greatest Sixer not to win a championship.

    In his career as a Sixer, excluding his final year where he only played in 15 games, Iverson averaged nearly 28 points, 6.2 assists, nearly four rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

    To say all he could do was score is actually an understatement. He led the league in steals per game four years in a row and also averaged over seven assists in four seasons as well.

    Iverson made the All-NBA first team three times, the All-NBA second team three times and won the MVP award in 2001 where he averaged 31.1 points per game. Oh yeah, and he averaged 23.5 points and 7.5 assists his first year in the league to easily win the Rookie of the Year award.

    He was a guy who wanted the ball and could score at will. The mentality was "You give me the ball, and I'll put it in the net."

    Iverson will go down as one of the greatest scorers of all time.