The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the oldest franchises in NBA history. Originally founded as the Syracuse Nationals in 1946, the Sixers are now a part of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers are currently owned by a prominent entertainment company in New Jersey called Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. Scott O’Neil who serves as the CEO of HBSE has filled in the same role at the 76ers’ franchise.
Former NBA star Elton Brand was appointed as the general manager of the franchise in 2018 and has been running the show ever since. Moreover, the Sixers completed a sensational move in 2020 by hiring Doc Rivers as their head coach.
The Philadelphia 76ers were once known as the Syracuse Nationals, who competed in the National Basketball League (NBL). The team enjoyed early success upon being absorbed by the NBA in 1949. They made the finals in their very first year, but were ousted by the Minneapolis Lakers in six games.
In 1963, the Nationals relocated to Philadelphia and switched to a new title. They fixed in on the 76ers name after it was based on the United States Declaration of Independence, which took place in Philadelphia.
After winning their maiden NBA championship in 1955, the Sixers struggled to create an impact in the subsequent decade. They won their first championship in Philadelphia in 1967, when Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Billy Cunningham guided the team to glory against the San Francisco Warriors.
After Julius Erving signed with the Sixers in 1976, the team enjoyed great success. ‘Dr. J’ led them to four finals and ended up winning once in 1983. This title remains the Sixers’ last one to date.
The Sixers unveiled ‘Franklin the Dog’ in 2015, replacing their older mascot ‘Big Shot.’ Franklin is a fan favorite at the Wells Fargo Center and the designers wanted him to resemble Philly’s rich history. Franklin is an avid fan of basketball who loves being around the little Sixers fans. In fact, he is, “For Kids, By Kids.”
Moreover, the team displays its patriotism through its uniforms. The 76ers have always focused on red, white, and blue as the primary colors.
Furthermore, the 76ers’ modern logo has the name printed in the foreground, supported by a modernized basketball at the back. There are 13 blue stars above the 7, which is finished off by a roundel that contains the words Philadelphia arched above and a set of six stars below it.
The main sponsors of the Philadelphia 76ers are StubHub. They are a ticket exchange and resale company that focuses on sports, theater, and other live entertainment events. Their partnership evolved in 2016, and from the following season, the Sixers became the first NBA team to sport a jersey patch containing their sponsor’s name.
|General Manager||Elton Brand|
|Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|Arena||Wells Fargo Center|
|Championships (3)||(1955, 1967, 1983)|
|Conference Titles (9)||(1950, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 2001)|
|Division Titles (5)||(1977, 1978, 1983, 1990, 2001)|
|11||Tony Bradley||C||6-10||248||January 8, 1998|
|31||Seth Curry||SG||6-2||185||August 23, 1990|
|21||Joel Embiid||C||7-0||280||March 16, 1994|
|23||Terrance Ferguson||SG||6-6||190||May 17, 1998|
|14||Danny Green||SF||6-6||215||June 22, 1987|
|12||Tobias Harris||PF||6-8||226||July 15, 1992|
|39||Dwight Howard||C||6-10||265||December 8, 1985|
|7||Isaiah Joe||SG||6-4||165||July 2, 1999|
|30||Furkan Korkmaz||SG||6-7||202||July 24, 1997|
|0||Tyrese Maxey||SG||6-2||200||November 4, 2000|
|18||Shake Milton||SG||6-5||205||September 26, 1996|
|17||Vincent Poirier||C||7-0||235||October 17, 1993|
|44||Paul Reed (TW)||PF||6-9||210||June 14, 1999|
|1||Mike Scott||PF||6-7||237||July 16, 1988|
|25||Ben Simmons||PG||6-11||240||July 20, 1996|
|22||Matisse Thybulle||SG||6-5||200||March 4, 1997|
|Rayjon Tucker (TW)||F||6-5||210||September 24, 1997|