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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Philadelphia is Top Five in Playoff Appearances

The Philadelphia 76ers are en route to their 46th playoff appearance in team history, which is third all-time in the NBA.
They are 35-33 and are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 14 games left until the playoffs.
The 76ers have been apart of the NBA for 62 seasons, and have made the playoffs 46 times, which is 74.2 percent since joining the NBA.
The only two teams that has more playoff appearance success (percentage wise) are the Los Angeles Lakers (92.1 percent) and the San Antonio Spurs (88.6 percent).
The 76ers were originally named the Syracuse Nationals when they first joined the NBA, and did not change their name until the 1963-64 season.
The Nationals made the postseason 14 straight seasons before making the switch to Philadelphia. The 76ers/Nationals have three total NBA championships between them. 

Many coaches have contributed to the 76ers/Nationals playoff/championship success dating back to the 1949-50 season.
The last coach to get them to the NBA finals was Larry Brown, who coached the 2000-01 team that ended up losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

William "Billy" Cunningham was the last coach to lead the Philadelphia 76ers (since the name switch) to a championship in 1982-83.

The 1966-67 team, coached by Alexander Hannum, was the first Philadelphia 76ers team (after the name switch) to win a NBA championship.

The first coach to lead the franchise to their first playoff appearance and NBA championship was Alfred Cervi. He led the Nationals to the finals in his first season (1949-50), but it took him until his sixth season (1954-55) to guide them to a NBA championship.

The 76ers has had plenty success in the NBA, but little of that success has ended in championships. It would be nice to see this franchise return to the finals in the near future and bring a fourth championship back to the city of "Brotherly Love."


  1. Wow, thank you for the history of the 76ers, it was informative, I never knew they had a different name. Thanks again.

  2. -Lets go good work cuz these blogs be to good

  3. -Younndia You're welcome. Many people do not know that they had a different team name because it was so long ago.

    -David Thanks, I really appreciate it.

  4. 14 times straight ...I wish the 76ers of today would do that. It would better the chances of getting another championship.

  5. -Anonymous You are right it would better their chances. I do think there is an upside to this new group though. If management keeps this team together for the next few years, the 76ers would have a legitimate chance of making a run for a championship. Maybe a tweak at the center position, but nonetheless they still will have a chance.

  6. Really Informative!
    I would like to see them in the finals in the near future too...if they continue to work hard I know it can happen

  7. -Alanna Glad to see that there's others out there that are optimistic about this team's future.