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1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season

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1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season was Charles Barkley's rookie season. Barkley joined a veteran team that included Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Maurice Cheeks, three players who took Philadelphia to the 1983 NBA championship. Under the tutelage of Malone, Barkley was able to manage his weight and learned to prepare and condition himself properly for a game. He averaged 14.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during the regular season and earned a berth on the All-Rookie Team.[1] In the postseason, the Sixers advanced into the Eastern Conference Finals but were defeated in five games by the Boston Celtics.[2] As a rookie in the postseason, Barkley averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.[3]

NBA Draft

Charles Barkley left before his final year at Auburn and made himself eligible for the 1984 NBA Draft. He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Charles Barkley PF  United States Auburn
1 10 Leon Wood SG  United States California State-Fullerton
1 22 Tom Sewell SG  United States Lamar
3 48 James Banks  United States Georgia
3 68 Butch Graves  United States Yale
4 91 Earl Harrison PF  United States Morehead State
5 114 Dan Federman  United States Tennessee
6 137 Gary Springer PF  United States Iona
7 160 Rich Congo  United States Drexel
8 183 Franks Dobbs  United States Villanova
9 205 Michael Mitchell  United States Drexel
10 227 Martin Clark  United States Boston College

Regular season

Season standings

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 -
Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5
New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21
Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39

Game log


East First Round

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Washington Bullets: 76ers win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 17): Philadelphia 104, Washington 97
  • Game 2 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 21): Philadelphia 113, Washington 94
  • Game 3 @ Capital Centre, Landover (April 24): Washington 118, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 4 @ Capital Centre, Landover (April 26): Philadelphia 106, Washington 98

Last Playoff Meeting: 1980 Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia won 2-0)

East Conference Semifinals

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 28): Philadelphia 127, Milwaukee 105
  • Game 2 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 30): Philadelphia 112, Milwaukee 108
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 3): Philadelphia 109, Milwaukee 104
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 5): Philadelphia 121, Milwaukee 112

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 Eastern Conference Finals (Philadelphia won 4-1)

East Conference Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 12): Boston 108, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 14): Boston 106, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 18): Boston 105, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 19): Philadelphia 115, Boston 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 22): Boston 102, Philadelphia 100

Last Playoff Meeting: 1982 Eastern Conference Finals (Philadelphia won 4-3)

Player stats



Award winners



  1. ^, Charles Barkley Career Statistics, accessed March 7, 2007
  2. ^, 76ers 1984-85 Game Log and Scores, accessed March 11, 2007
  3. ^, Charles Barkley: Original Bio, accessed March 6, 2007
  4. ^ 1984-85 NBA Season Summary -
  • Philadelphia 76ers on Basketball Reference
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