On Friday, November 22nd against the San Antonio Spurs, the 76ers will debut their 2019-20 Classic Edition uniform – inspired by the franchise’s 1970-71 team. To get us better acquired with that year’s roster, @SixersHistory reimagines what a gameday program from the season might have read like:
For the 1970-71 campaign, Philadelphia Seventy Sixers head coach Jack Ramsay and general manager Don DeJardin are aiming for a return to title contention after a transitional season in 1969-70. Finishing with 42 wins and 40 losses in 1970, the Sixers still reached the playoffs for the 21st consecutive season – an NBA record.
But to reach the playoffs for a 22nd straight year, Ramsay and DeJardin are counting on longtime standouts like Hal Greer and Billy Cunningham, as well as veteran additions like Bailey Howell. Meanwhile, aces Archie Clark and Jim Washington should hit their mid-career stride.
Here’s a quick look at your 1970-71 Philadelphia Seventy Sixers…
Hal Greer - Venerable captain of the Seventy Sixers, he’s played all 12 seasons of his career with the franchise dating back to the Syracuse Nationals. With 10-consecutive All-Star appearances, Greer is on track to surpass 20,000 career points this season and become the NBA's all-time leader in games played.
Billy Cunningham – The former standout sixth man is looking to make his third consecutive All-NBA First-Team this season. "The Kangaroo Kid" bounces like a pogo stick around the basket and has led the team in rebounding and scoring each of the past two seasons.
Archie Clark - Master of the shake-and-bake dribble, Clark provides a needed scoring punch alongside Greer and Cunningham. After a somewhat down campaign in 1969, the former All-Star guard enjoyed a great bounce back season in 1970 – his second with the Sixers – averaging 20 points per game.
Luke Jackson - Routinely a double-figure scorer and rebounder his first four seasons, "Big Luke" has struggled with injury the last two years. Despite damage to his Achilles and knees, Jackson is finally healthy again and figures to play a pivotal role in the front court at center and power forward.
Wali Jones – “Wally Wonder” enjoyed his best shooting season in 1970, backing up Greer and Clark. He provides excellent defensive pressure on opposing backcourts as well.
Jim Washington - Although a lanky 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Washington cleans the glass well with averages of 13 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last three seasons. The forward will be counted on to once again to play above his size.
Bailey Howell - A six-time All-Star in his 11 seasons, Howell is an excellent midrange shooter and superb offensive rebounder. The veteran power forward ranks ninth in total points and total rebounds in league history.
Dennis Awtrey - The 46th overall pick from Santa Clara University, Awtrey is the tallest player on the roster at 6-foot-10. The rookie center should learn the ropes of the pro game and has the chance to earn major minutes as the season progresses.
Connie Dierking – The nine-year NBA vet is back for his third stint with the franchise, and has vowed this is his last campaign. The 34-year old’s ability to hit outside shots from the center position should prove useful versus opposing shot-blockers.
Freddie Crawford, Bud Ogden and Fred Foster – The platoon of Crawford, Ogden and Foster figure to see mostly spot minutes at the swing guard/forward spots throughout the year unless injury strikes the regular rotation.
So that’s the scoop on the 1970-71 Seventy Sixers. Join us all season long, as we pay tribute to this throwback squad through our Classic Edition uniforms.