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1986–87 Philadelphia 76ers season

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1986–87 Philadelphia 76ers season

season Philadelphia 76ers
Julius Erving's final season
Head coach Matt Guokas
Arena The Spectrum
Results
Record 45–37 (.549)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2-3)

The 1986-87 NBA season was the 76ers 38th season in the NBA and 24th season in Philadelphia. In the 1986 Draft, the Sixers made two trades that would cloud the franchise for over a decade. The Sixers traded the Number 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers (who used this selection to draft Brad Daugherty), for Roy Hinson and cash, then traded Moses Malone, Terry Catledge, and two first round draft picks to the Washington Bullets for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson. Malone would go to the 1987 NBA All star game, and Jeff Ruland played in a total of 5 games that season, before sustaining an injury that would keep him out of the NBA until a short stint with the Sixers in the 1992 season.

These trades were so devastating in that, with the exception of the 2001 season in which they won the Eastern Conference Championship, they have been not been considered an elite franchise since, after being one for a period from 1977 to that point. They have won just two division titles (1990, 2001) since, and these were the only two seasons in which the team registered more than 50 regular season wins. (53, 1990) (56, 2001).

The Sixers would finish nine games worse than the previous season at 45-37, and lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Milwaukee Bucks. This would be the 16th and final season for Julius Erving, who in his last regular season home game, became just the third player in ABA-NBA history to score over 30,000 points for a career. Each road city had a farewell ceremony to honor him.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 44 David Wingate SG/SF  United States Georgetown
3 56 Keith Colbert  United States Virginia Polytech
3 67 Ron Rowan SF  United States St. John's
4 90 Wes Stallings  United States East Tennessee State
5 113 Kevin Holmes  United States DePaul
6 136 Andre McCloud  United States Seton Hall
7 159 Dan Palombizio  United States Ball State

Roster

3

Sedale Threatt

G

6-2

175

September 10, 1961

3

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

4

Cliff Robinson

F

6-9

220

March 13, 1960

7

University of Southern California

6

Julius Erving

F-G

6-6

200

February 22, 1950

15

University of Massachusetts Amherst

10

Maurice Cheeks

G

6-1

180

September 8, 1956

8

West Texas A&M University

11

Jim Lampley

C

6-10

230

July 2, 1960

R

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

12

World B. Free

G

6-2

185

December 9, 1953

11

Guilford College

14

Steve Colter

G

6-3

165

July 24, 1962

2

New Mexico State University

20

Danny Vranes

F

6-7

210

October 29, 1958

5

University of Utah

21

Kenny Green

F

6-6

210

October 11, 1964

1

Wake Forest University

22

Andrew Toney

G

6-3

178

November 23, 1957

6

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

23

Roy Hinson

F-C

6-9

210

May 2, 1961

3

Rutgers University

25

David Wingate

G-F

6-5

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