List of Philadelphia 76ers seasons

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Exterior of the Wells Fargo Center, the current home of the 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers, often referred to as the Sixers, are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In its 63 NBA seasons, the franchise has visited the NBA Finals nine times and won three championships.[1] The Sixers have the third-highest victory total and third most playoff appearances in NBA history.[2] Since 1996, the Sixers have played home games at Wells Fargo Center.

In 1946, owner Daniel Biasone founded the franchise as the Syracuse Nationals, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL).[3] The Nationals qualified for the playoffs three times then joined the NBA in 1949, one of seven NBL teams to merge with the rival Basketball Association of America. The Nationals qualified for the playoffs every NBA season, advancing to three Finals and defeating the Pistons in the 1955 Finals.[4] In 1963, the year following the departure of the Philadelphia Warriors for San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals relocated to Philadelphia as the 76ers. The Sixers acquired Philadelphia-native Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 from the Warriors and defeated Wilt's former team in the 1967 Finals.

The franchise has played 50 seasons as the Philadelphia 76ers, with 31 playoff appearances and two NBA championships.[1] The Sixers won their last title in 1983 against the Los Angeles Lakers, sweeping them in four games. Led by Allen Iverson, the team defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals to reach the 2001 Finals but lost to the Lakers four games to one in the best-of-seven series. In their most recently completed season, 2012–13, the Sixers did not qualify for the playoffs.

Seasons[edit]

League Championships Conference Championships Conference Titles Division Titles Playoff Berth
Season Team Conference Division Regular season Playoff Results Head Coach Awards
Wins Losses Win%
Syracuse Nationals (NBL)
(Not included in W/L totals)
1946–47 1946–47 Eastern 4th 21 23 .467 Lost Quarterfinals (Rochester, 1-3) Bennie Borgmann
1947–48 1947–48 Eastern 5th 24 36 .400 Lost Quarterfinals (Anderson, 0–3) Bennie Borgmann
1948–49 1948–49 Eastern 3rd 40 23 .635 Won Quarterfinals (Hammond, 2-0)
Lost Semifinals (Anderson, 1-3)
Al Cervi Al Cervi (CoY)
Dolph Schayes (RoY)
Syracuse Nationals (NBA)
(Included in W/L totals)
1949–50 1949–50 Eastern 1st 51 13 .797 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-0)
Won Division Finals (New York, 2-1)
Lost NBA Finals (Minneapolis, 2-4)
Al Cervi
1950–51 1950–51 Eastern 4th 32 34 .485 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-0)
Lost Division Finals (New York, 2-3)
Al Cervi
1951–52 1951–52 Eastern 1st 40 26 .606 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-1)
Lost Division Finals (New York, 1-3)
Al Cervi
1952–53 1952–53 Eastern 2nd 47 24 .662 Lost Division Semifinals (Boston, 0-2) Al Cervi
1953–54 1953–54 Eastern T-2nd 42 30 .583 Won Round-Robin (Boston, 2-0)
Won Round-Robin (New York, 2–0)
Won Division Finals (Boston, 2-0)
Lost NBA Finals (Minneapolis, 3-4)
Al Cervi
1954–55 1954–55 Eastern 1st 43 29 .597 Won Division Finals (Boston, 3-1)
Won NBA Finals (Fort Wayne, 4-3)
Al Cervi
1955–56 1955–56 Eastern 3rd 35 37 .486 Won Division Tiebreaker (New York, 1-0)
Won Division Semifinals (Boston, 2-1)
Lost Division Finals (Philadelphia, 2-3)
Al Cervi
1956–57 1956–57 Eastern 2nd 38 34 .528 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-0)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 0-3)
Paul Seymour
1957–58 1957–58 Eastern 2nd 41 31 .569 Lost Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 1-2) Paul Seymour
1958–59 1958–59 Eastern 3rd 35 37 .486 Won Division Semifinals (New York, 2-0)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 3-4)
Paul Seymour
1959–60 1959–60 Eastern 3rd 45 30 .600 Lost Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 1-2) Paul Seymour
1960–61 1960–61 Eastern 3rd 38 41 .481 Won Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 3-0)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 1-4)
Alex Hannum
1961–62 1961–62 Eastern 3rd 41 39 .513 Lost Division Semifinals (Philadelphia, 2-3) Alex Hannum
1962–63 1962–63 Eastern 2nd 48 32 .600 Lost Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 2-3) Alex Hannum
Philadelphia 76ers
1963–64 1963–64 Eastern 3rd 34 46 .425 Lost Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 2–3) Dolph Schayes
1964–65 1964–65 Eastern 3rd 40 40 .500 Won Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 3–1)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 3–4)
Dolph Schayes
1965–66 1965–66 Eastern 1st 55 25 .688 Lost Division Finals (Boston, 1–4) Dolph Schayes Wilt Chamberlain (MVP)
Dolph Schayes (CoY)
1966–67 1966–67 Eastern 1st 68 13 .840 Won Division Semifinals (Cincinnati, 3–1)
Won Division Finals (Boston, 4–1)
Won NBA Finals (San Francisco, 4–2)
Alex Hannum Wilt Chamberlain (MVP)
1967–68 1967–68 Eastern 1st 62 20 .756 Won Division Semifinals (New York, 4–2)
Lost Division Finals (Boston, 3–4)
Alex Hannum Wilt Chamberlain (MVP)
1968–69 1968–69 Eastern 2nd 55 27 .671 Lost Division Semifinals (Boston, 1–4) Jack Ramsay
1969–70 1969–70 Eastern 4th 42 40 .512 Lost Division Semifinals (Milwaukee, 1–4) Jack Ramsay
1970–71 1970–71 Eastern 3rd Atlantic[a] 2nd 47 35 .573 Lost Conference Semifinals (Baltimore, 3–4) Jack Ramsay
1971–72 1971–72 Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 30 52 .366 Jack Ramsay
1972–73 1972–73 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 9 73 .110 Roy Rubin
Kevin Loughery
1973–74 1973–74 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 25 57 .305 Gene Shue
1974–75 1974–75 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th 34 48 .415 Gene Shue
1975–76 1975–76 Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 Lost First Round (Buffalo, 1–2) Gene Shue
1976–77 1976–77 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 50 32 .610 Won Conference Semifinals (Boston, 4-3)
Won Conference Finals (Houston, 4–2)
Lost NBA Finals (Portland, 2–4)
Gene Shue
1977–78 1977–78 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 55 27 .671 Won Conference Semifinals (New York, 4-0)
Lost Conference Finals (Washington, 2–4)
Billy Cunningham
1978–79 1978–79 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 47 35 .573 Won First Round (New Jersey, 2-0)
Lost Conference Semifinals (San Antonio, 3–4)
Billy Cunningham
1979–80 1979–80 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 59 23 .720 Won First Round (Washington, 2-0)
Won Conference Semifinals (Atlanta, 4–1)
Won Conference Finals (Boston, 4-1)
Lost NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 2-4)
Billy Cunningham
1980–81 1980–81 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 62 20 .756 Won First Round (Indiana, 2-0)
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 4–3)
Lost Conference Finals (Boston, 3-4)
Billy Cunningham Julius Erving (MVP)
1981–82 1981–82 Eastern 2nd Atlantic 2nd 58 24 .707 Won First Round (Atlanta, 2-0)
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 4–2)
Won Conference Finals (Boston, 4-3)
Lost NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 2-4)
Billy Cunningham
1982–83 1982–83 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 65 17 .793 Won Conference Semifinals (New York, 4–0)
Won Conference Finals (Milwaukee, 4-1)
Won NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 4-0)
Billy Cunningham Moses Malone (MVP, FMVP)
Bobby Jones (SMoY)
Julius Erving (JWKC)
1983–84 1983–84 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 52 30 .634 Lost First Round (New Jersey, 2–3) Billy Cunningham
1984–85 1984–85 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 58 24 .707 Won First Round (Washington, 3-1)
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 4–0)
Lost Conference Finals (Boston, 1-4)
Billy Cunningham
1985–86 1985–86 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 54 28 .659 Won First Round (Washington, 3-2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee, 3–4)
Matt Guokas
1986–87 1986–87 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 45 37 .549 Lost First Round (Milwaukee, 2–3) Matt Guokas
1987–88 1987–88 Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 36 46 .439 Matt Guokas
Jim Lynam
1988–89 1988–89 Eastern 7th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 Lost First Round (New York, 0–3) Jim Lynam
1989–90 1989–90 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 1st 53 29 .646 Won First Round (Cleveland, 3–2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Chicago, 1–4)
Jim Lynam
1990–91 1990–91 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 44 38 .537 Won First Round (Milwaukee, 3–0)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Chicago, 1–4)
Jim Lynam
1991–92 1991–92 Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 35 47 .427 Jim Lynam
1992–93 1992–93 Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 26 56 .317 Doug Moe
Fred Carter
Dana Barros (MIP)
1993–94 1993–94 Eastern 11th Atlantic 6th 25 57 .305 Fred Carter
1994–95 1994–95 Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 24 58 .293 John Lucas
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern 15th Atlantic 7th 18 64 .220 John Lucas
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern 14th Atlantic 6th 22 60 .268 Johnny Davis Allen Iverson (RoY)
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern 14th Atlantic 7th 31 51 .378 Larry Brown
1998–99[b] 1998–99 Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 28 22 .560 Won First Round (Orlando, 3-1)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 0-4)
Larry Brown
1999–00 1999–00 Eastern 5th Atlantic 3rd 49 33 .598 Won First Round (Charlotte, 3-1)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 2-4)
Larry Brown Eric Snow (SPOR)
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 56 26 .683 Won First Round (Indiana, 3-1)
Won Conference Semifinals (Toronto, 4-3)
Won Conference Finals (Milwaukee, 4-3)
Lost NBA Finals (Los Angeles, 1-4)
Larry Brown Allen Iverson (MVP)
Dikembe Mutombo (DPoY, JWKC)
Aaron McKie (SMoY)
Larry Brown (CoY)
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern 6th Atlantic 4th 43 39 .524 Lost First Round (Boston, 2-3) Larry Brown
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 48 34 .585 Won First Round (New Orleans, 4–2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Detroit, 2–4)
Larry Brown
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 33 49 .402 Randy Ayers
Chris Ford
2004–05 2004–05 Eastern 7th Atlantic 2nd 43 39 .524 Lost First Round (Detroit, 1–4) Jim O'Brien
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern 9th Atlantic 2nd 38 44 .463 Maurice Cheeks
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern 9th Atlantic 3rd 35 47 .427 Maurice Cheeks
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 40 42 .488 Lost First Round (Detroit, 2–4) Maurice Cheeks
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern 6th Atlantic 2nd 41 41 .500 Lost First Round (Orlando, 2–4) Maurice Cheeks
Tony DiLeo
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern 13th Atlantic 4th 27 55 .329 Eddie Jordan Samuel Dalembert (JWKC)
2010–11 2010–11 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 41 41 .500 Lost First Round (Miami, 1-4) Doug Collins
2011–12[c] 2011–12 Eastern 8th Atlantic 3rd 35 31 .530 Won First Round (Chicago, 4-2)
Lost Conference Semifinals (Boston, 3-4)
Doug Collins
2012–13 2012–13 Eastern 9th Atlantic 4th 34 48 .415 Doug Collins
2013-14 2013-14 Eastern 14th Atlantic 5th 19 63 .232 Brett Brown
2014-15 2014-15 Eastern Atlantic 0 0 Brett Brown
Regular Season 2,679 2,379 .530 47 Playoff Berths
11 Division Titles
3 Conference Titles
Playoffs 217 205 .514 9 Conference Championships
3 NBA Championships

Notes[edit]

  • a The Eastern Division was renamed the Eastern Conference, and split into the Atlantic and Central divisions.
  • b Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50 game regular season schedule.[5]
  • c Due to a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66 game regular season schedule.

Sources[edit]

  • NBA History, nba.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  • Philadelphia 76ers, basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  • Playoff Index, basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-06.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Philadelphia 76ers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sixers Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Wilt's 100-Point Game - 3/2/2012". Philadelphia 76ers. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Porter, edited by David L. (2005). Basketball : a biographical dictionary. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313309526. 
  4. ^ Grasso, John (2010). Historical dictionary of basketball. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810867635. 
  5. ^ "NBPA History". National Basketball Player's Association. Retrieved 2008-08-31. [dead link]