List of Philadelphia 76ers seasons: Wikis

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Interior of the Wachovia Center before a Sixers game, home of the 76ers since 1996.

The Philadelphia 76ers, also known as the Sixers, are a National Basketball Association franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Being the NBA's oldest continued franchise, the 76ers play in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. The franchise has completed a total of 60 NBA seasons, during which the team visited the NBA Finals 9 times and won 3 championships. 14 of the NBA seasons were played as the Syracuse Nationals, which visited the playoffs every season and won 1 NBA championship. 46 of the seasons were played as the Philadelphia 76ers, which have 31 playoff appearances and 2 NBA championships.

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History

Julius Erving in 1981 performing a slam dunk.

The franchise was founded as the Syracuse Reds in 1939, starting out as an independent, barnstorming professional team based in Syracuse, New York. In 1946, the franchise joined the National Basketball League as the Syracuse Nationals, and were the easternmost team of the largely-Midwest based league. The Nationals joined the NBA in 1949 after the NBL ceased operations, and merged with the rival Basketball Association of America. The Nationals went to the NBA Finals in their first NBA season, and won their first championship in 1955.

A year after the Philadelphia Warriors left Philadelphia for San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals relocated to Philadelphia in 1963 and were renamed the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers acquired the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in the 1964-65 season, who formerly played with the Warriors. With support from future Hall of Famers Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer, the Sixers won a championship in the 1966-67 season against the San Francisco Warriors. The Sixers rapidly declined after their championship, and during their 1972-73 season, the Sixers finished with a 9-73 record, one of the worst seasons in NBA history. The Sixers rebounded quickly, returning to the NBA Finals in the 1976-77 season. Although the Sixers lost those Finals, the Sixers would return to the Finals three times during the next six years, and win the 1983 Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in four games.

After a series of ill-fated personnel moves, the Sixers went between 1992 and 1998 without a playoff appearance. The Sixers were rescued by drafting Allen Iverson in 1995, who would lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2001. The Sixers won the first game of the Finals against the Lakers, but ended up losing to them in five games. With Iverson, the Sixers had limited success in the following years, and Iverson ended up being traded to the Denver Nuggets in late 2006 after requesting a trade. The Sixers returned to the playoffs the two following seasons, but did not advance of the first round.

Seasons

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season Team Conference Division Regular season Playoff Results
Wins Losses Win%
Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
(Not included in W/L totals)
1946–47 1946–47 Eastern 4th 21 23 .467 Lost Quarterfinals (Rochester, 1-3)
1947–48 1947–48 Eastern 5th 24 36 .400 Lost Quarterfinals (Anderson, 0–3)
1948–49 1948–49 Eastern 3rd 40 23 .635 Won Quarterfinals (Hammond, 2-0)
Lost Semifinals (Anderson, 1-3)
Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
(Included in W/L totals)
1949–50 1949–50 Eastern 1st 51 13 .797 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-0)
Won Division Finals (New York, 2-1)
Lost NBA Finals (Minneapolis, 2-4)
1950–51 1950–51 Eastern 4th 32 34 .485 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-0)
Lost Division Finals (New York, 2-3)
1951–52 1951–52 Eastern 1st 40 26 .606 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-1)
Lost Division Finals (New York, 1-3)
1952–53 1952–53 Eastern 2nd 47 24 .662 Lost Division Semifinals (Boston, 0-2)
1953–54 1953–54 Eastern T-2nd 42 30 .583 Won Round-Robin (Boston, 2-0)
Won Round-Robin (New York, 2–0)
Won Division Finals (Boston, 2-0)
Lost NBA Finals (Minneapolis, 3-4)
1954–55 1954–55 Eastern 1st 43 29 .597 Won Division Finals (Boston, 3-1)
Won NBA Finals (Fort Wayne, 4-3)
1955–56 1955–56 Eastern 3rd 35 37 .486 Won Division Semifinals (Boston, 2-1)
Lost Division Finals (Philadelphia, 2-3)
1956–57 1956–57 Eastern 2nd 38 34 .528 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-0)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 0-3)
1957–58 1957–58 Eastern 2nd 41 31 .569 Lost Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 1-2)
1958–59 1958–59 Eastern 3rd 35 37 .486 Won Division Semifinals (New York, 2-0)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 3-4)
1959–60 1959–60 Eastern 3rd 45 30 .600 Lost Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 1-2)
1960–61 1960–61 Eastern 3rd 38 41 .481 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 3-0)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 1-4)
1961–62 1961–62 Eastern 3rd 41 39 .513 Lost Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-3)
1962–63 1962–63 Eastern 2nd 48 32 .600 Lost Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 2-3)
Philadelphia 76ers
1963–64 1963–64 Eastern 3rd 34 46 .425 Lost Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 2–3)
1964–65 1964–65 Eastern 3rd 40 40 .500 Won Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 3–1)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 3–4)
1965–66 1965–66 Eastern 1st 55 25 .688 Lost Division Finals (Boston, 1–4)
1966–67 1966–67 Eastern 1st 68 13 .840 Won Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 3–1)
Won Division Finals (Boston, 4–1)
Won NBA Finals (San Francisco, 4–2)
1967–68 1967–68 Eastern 1st 62 20 .756 Won Division Semifinals (New York, 4–2)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 3–4)
1968–69 1968–69 Eastern 2nd 55 27 .671 Lost Division Semifinals (Boston, 1–4)
1969–70 1969–70 Eastern 4th 42 40 .512 Lost Division Semifinals (Milwaukee, 1–4)
1970–71 1970–71 Eastern 2nd Atlantic[a] 2nd 47 35 .573 Lost Conference Semifinals (Baltimore, 3–4)
1971–72 1971–72 Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 30 52 .366
1972–73 1972–73 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 9 73 .110
1973–74 1973–74 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 25 57 .305
1974–75 1974–75 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th 34 48 .415
1975–76 1975–76 Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 Lost First Round (Buffalo, 1–2)
1976–77 1976–77 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 50 32 .610 Won Conference Semifinals (Boston, 4-3)
Won Conference Finals (Houston, 4–2)
Lost NBA Finals (Portland, 2–4)
1977–78 1977–78 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 55 27 .671 Won Conference Semifinals (New York, 4-0)
Lost Conference Finals (Washington, 2–4)
1978–79 1978–79 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 47 35 .573 Won First Round (New Jersey, 2-0)
Lost Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 3–4)
1979–80 1979–80 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 59 23 .720 Won First Round (Washington, 2-0)
Won Conference Semifinals (Atlanta, 4–1)
Won Conference Finals (Boston, 4-1)
Lost NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 2-4)
1980–81 1980–81 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 62 20 .756 Won First Round (Indiana, 2-0)
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 4–3)
Lost Conference Finals (Boston, 3-4)
1981–82 1981–82 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 58 24 .707 Won First Round (Atlanta, 2-0)
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 4–2)
Won Conference Finals (Boston, 4-3)
Lost NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 2-4)
1982–83 1982–83 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 65 17 .793 Won Conference Semifinals (New York, 4–0)
Won Conference Finals (Milwaukee, 4-1)
Won NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 4-0)
1983–84 1983–84 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 52 30 .634 Lost First Round (New Jersey, 2–3)
1984–85 1984–85 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 58 24 .707 Won First Round (Washington, 3-1)
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 4–0)
Lost Conference Finals (Boston, 1-4)
1985–86 1985–86 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 54 28 .659 Won First Round (Washington, 3-2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 3–4)
1986–87 1986–87 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 45 37 .549 Lost First Round (Milwaukee, 2–3)
1987–88 1987–88 Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 36 46 .439
1988–89 1988–89 Eastern 7th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 Lost First Round (New York, 0–3)
1989–90 1989–90 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 1st 53 29 .646 Won First Round (Cleveland, 3–2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Chicago, 1–4)
1990–91 1990–91 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 44 38 .537 Won First Round (Milwaukee, 3–0)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Chicago, 1–4)
1991–92 1991–92 Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 35 47 .427
1992–93 1992–93 Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 26 56 .317
1993–94 1993–94 Eastern 11th Atlantic 6th 25 57 .305
1994–95 1994–95 Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 24 58 .293
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern 15th Atlantic 7th 18 64 .220
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern 14th Atlantic 6th 22 60 .268
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern 14th Atlantic 7th 31 51 .378
1998–99[b] 1998–99 Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 28 22 .560 Won First Round (Orlando, 3-1)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 0-4)
1999–00 1999–00 Eastern 5th Atlantic 3rd 49 33 .598 Won First Round (Charlotte, 3-1)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 2-4)
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 56 26 .683 Won First Round (Indiana, 3-1)
Won Conference Semifinals (Toronto, 4-3)
Won Conference Finals (Milwaukee, 4-3)
Lost NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 1-4)
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern 6th Atlantic 4th 43 39 .524 Lost First Round (Boston, 2-3)
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 48 34 .585 Won First Round (New Orleans, 4–2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Detroit, 2–4)
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 33 49 .402
2004–05 2004–05 Eastern 7th Atlantic 2nd 43 39 .524 Lost First Round (Detroit, 1–4)
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern 9th Atlantic 2nd 38 44 .463
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern 9th Atlantic 3rd 35 47 .427
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 40 42 .488 Lost First Round (Detroit, 2–4)
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern 6th Atlantic 2nd 41 41 .500 Lost First Round (Orlando, 2–4)
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern Atlantic 24 44 .353
Regular season 2562 2236 .534
Playoffs 205 187 .523 3 NBA Championships

Notes

  • a The Eastern Division was renamed the Eastern Conference, and split into the Atlantic and Central divisions.
  • b Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50 game regular season schedule.[1]

Sources

  • NBA History, nba.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  • Philadelphia 76ers, basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  • Playoff Index, basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-06.

References

  1. ^ "NBPA History". National Basketball Player's Association. http://www.nbpa.com/history.php. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
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