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The Best Philadelphia 76ers To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Philadelphia 76ers players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Philadelphia 76ers players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Wilt Chamberlain and Moses Malone had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Philadelphia 76ers players? This list is only for Philadelphia 76ers players with retired jerseys. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Philadelphia 76ers players that have had their number retired for all time.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers honored. The Philadelphia 76ers players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Philadelphia 76ers players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Philadelphia 76ers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 6

Years With Franchise: 1976–1987

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim. Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season. Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA's Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He is the eighth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 ...more on Wikipedia

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Philadelphia 76ers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 13

Years With Franchise: 1965–1968

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played as a center and is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain stood 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds (140 kg) with the Lakers. Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories. ...more on Wikipedia

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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Philadelphia 76ers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 10

Years With Franchise: 1978–1989

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Maurice Edward Cheeks (born September 8, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2018. ...more on Wikipedia

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Philadelphia 76ers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 3

Years With Franchise: 1996–2006, 2009–2010

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005, and was the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia, and was a dual-sport athlete. He earned the Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both football and basketball, and won the Division AAA Virginia state championship ...more on Wikipedia

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