Height: 6'2"

BORN: June 26, 1936

COLLEGE: Marshall

DRAFT: 1958; Round 2, 13th Overall Pick














High Gear Greer

Hal Greer displayed a deft shooting touch and remarkable consistency in his fifteen NBA seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and the 76ers. Known for his sweet shooting, he averaged at least 18 points per game in 11 straight seasons. He is the 76ers’ all-time leader in numerous statistical categories, including points (21,586), games (1,122), and field goals (8,504).

Greer, the first player to have his number retired by the 76ers, was selected by the Syracuse Nationals with the 13th overall pick in the 1958 NBA Draft. In his first five professional seasons, he earned three of his first 10 career All-Star appearances. After the team relocated to Philadelphia in 1963, he was a key contributor to the franchise’s second Championship (1967) and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1968 NBA All-Star Game, scoring 21 points in a 144-124 Eastern Conference win.



AWARDS + Recognition

1 time NBA Champion

Led by Head Coach Alex Hannum, Hal Greer, Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers finished the 1966-67 regular season with a 68-13 record and the Eastern Division’s best record en route to the franchise’s second Championship. Schayes averaged 28 points per game in the postseason and the Sixers went on to defeat the Warriors in six games.

10 time NBA All-Star

All 10 of Greer’s NBA All-Star appearances came in consecutive seasons from 1961-70; he averaged 11.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and was an incredibly efficient 46% from the field in the exhibitions.

7 time All-NBA

Greer was named All-NBA 7 times in his career, being selected to the All-NBA Second Team in every season from 1963 through 1969. Though he was never named to the All-NBA First Team, he was widely regarded as one of the league’s top four guards in the 1960s, along with Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Earl Monroe.

1 time NBA All-Star MVP

In the 1968 NBA All-Star Game, Greer scored 21 points in a 144-124 Eastern Conference win on his way to earning the contest’s Most Valuable Player award. Greer was joined in the game by teammate Wilt Chamberlain

2 time NBA Anniversary Team

In 1996, Greer was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history to commemorate the league’s golden anniversary. He has since also been named to 75th (2022) Anniversary team.

Greer and the 76ers’ Second Title

The 1967 NBA World Championship Series was played between the Western Division Champion San Francisco Warriors and the Eastern Division Champion Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers’ road to the series was highlighted by their semifinal win over the 11-time defending division champion Boston Celtics. Behind Greer and Chamberlain, the 76ers became the only non-Celtics NBA Champion in the 1960s.

Greer averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists as the team took down the Warriors in six games.

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