So recently, I ranked the Top 5 Phillies Since 2000 and I’m continuing the trend here with the Sixers. The difficulty in this one was a tad bit higher when it came to the last spot or so but I think it’s quite fair when taking everything into account.
Check it out below and let me know if you’d arrange the list any differently!
1. Allen Iverson
Sixers career: HOF, 1x MVP, 11x All-Star, 4x Scoring Champ
This was fairly easy.
When you think of basketball in general, one of the first people to come to mind is Allen Iverson. His MVP season in 00-01 was iconic as he led Philadelphia into the Finals against an overpowering Lakers squad. Even though the Sixers would go onto lose the series, Iverson’s performance on the big stage was remarkable. The 6ft guard averaged over 35ppg trying to keep his team in it.
All in all, Iverson is arguably one of the most influential players to play the game. Him taking the #1 spot here should cause no debate.
2. Joel Embiid
Sixers career: 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive
Philadelphia adores Embiid like no other. His off-court antics are always entertaining and he backs it up on the court as well. Between his stout defensive presence and flashy post-moves, he reminds a lot of people of Hakeem Olajuwon. If his health holds up, he’s surely on pace to be one of the best bigs to ever do it.
You could most likely add another All-NBA and All-Defensive selection to his resume once this season concedes.
3. Ben Simmons
Sixers career: ROTY, 2x All-Star
Selected #1 just four seasons ago, Simmons has not disappointed. Although he attracts a lot of critics when it comes to his aggressiveness offensively, he has proved time and time again that he’s one of the leagues best.
This season alone, Ben is one of the front runners for DPOY and has continued his all around game, stuffing the stat sheet in just about every category. Like Embiid, you could probably add a few more accolades to his line in just a few months.
4. Andre Iguodala
Sixers career: 1x All-Star, 1x All-Defensive, 1x All-Rookie
Since being traded away about a decade ago, Iggy has become a Finals MVP and 3x NBA Champ. During his time in Philadelphia, he never really had the roster to do much but produced nonetheless. He was one of the main contributors in the 2012 Playoff run where the 8th seed Sixers knocked out the 1st seed Bulls and took Boston’s Big 3 to a full 7 games.
The robbery that occurred in the 2006 Dunk Contest still haunts me to this day.
5. Dikembe Mutombo
Sixers career: 2x All-Star, DPOY, 2x All-Defensive
This fifth spot was tough. There are a handful of guys you could probably slot here but in terms of production, I have Dikembe Mutombo.
He only played 106 games in Philadelphia but during that time he was a 2x All-Star and still one of the best shot blockers in the game. He was also apart of that ’01 squad that made the deepest postseason run in recent memory.
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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