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 66 NBA seasons, the franchise has played in the NBA Finals nine times and won three NBA 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 (BAA). The Nationals qualified for the playoffs in 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 52 seasons as the Philadelphia 76ers, with 33 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 (2014–15), the 76ers did not qualify for the playoffs.

Seasons[edit]

League Championships Conference Championships Division Titles Playoff Berth
Season Team Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards
Syracuse Nationals
1949–50 1949–50 Eastern 1st 51 13 .797 Won Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–0
Won Division Finals (Knicks) 2–1
Lost NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–2
1950–51 1950–51 Eastern 4th 32 34 .485 8 Won Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–0
Lost Division Finals (Knicks) 3–2
1951–52 1951–52 Eastern 1st 40 26 .606 Won Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–1
Lost Division Finals (Knicks) 3–1
1952–53 1952–53 Eastern 2nd 47 24 .662 0.5 Lost Division Semifinals (Celtics) 2–0
1953–54 1953–54 Eastern T-2nd 42 30 .583 2 Won Division Finals (Celtics) 2–0
Lost NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–3
1954–55 1954–55 Eastern 1st 43 29 .597 Won Division Finals (Celtics) 3–1
Won NBA Finals (Pistons) 4–3
1955–56 1955–56 Eastern 3rd 35 37 .486 10 Won Division Semifinals (Celtics) 2–1
Lost Division Finals (Warriors) 3–2
1956–57 1956–57 Eastern 2nd 38 34 .528 6 Won Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–0
Lost Division Finals (Celtics) 3–0
1957–58 1957–58 Eastern 2nd 41 31 .569 8 Lost Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–1
1958–59 1958–59 Eastern 3rd 35 37 .486 17 Won Division Semifinals (Knicks) 2–0
Lost Division Finals (Celtics) 4–3
1959–60 1959–60 Eastern 3rd 45 30 .600 14 Lost Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–1
1960–61 1960–61 Eastern 3rd 38 41 .481 19 Won Division Semifinals (Warriors) 3–0
Lost Division Finals (Celtics) 4–1
1961–62 1961–62 Eastern 3rd 41 39 .513 19 Lost Division Semifinals (Warriors) 3–2
1962–63 1962–63 Eastern 2nd 48 32 .600 10 Lost Division Semifinals (Royals) 3–2
Philadelphia 76ers
1963–64 1963–64 Eastern 3rd 34 46 .425 25 Lost Division Semifinals (Royals) 3–2
1964–65 1964–65 Eastern 3rd 40 40 .500 22 Won Division Semifinals (Royals) 3–1
Lost Division Finals (Celtics) 4–3
1965–66 1965–66 Eastern 1st 55 25 .688 Lost Division Finals (Celtics) 4–1 Wilt Chamberlain (MVP)
Dolph Schayes (CoY)
1966–67 1966–67 Eastern 1st 68 13 .840 Won Division Semifinals (Royals) 3–1
Won Division Finals (Celtics) 4–1
Won NBA Finals (Warriors) 4–2
Wilt Chamberlain (MVP)
1967–68 1967–68 Eastern 1st 62 20 .756 Won Division Semifinals (Knicks) 4–2
Lost Division Finals (Celtics) 4–3
Wilt Chamberlain (MVP)
1968–69 1968–69 Eastern 2nd 55 27 .671 2 Lost Division Semifinals (Celtics) 4–1
1969–70 1969–70 Eastern 4th 42 40 .512 18 Lost Division Semifinals (Bucks) 4–1
1970–71 1970–71 Eastern 3rd Atlantic[a] 2nd 47 35 .573 5 Lost Conference Semifinals (Bullets) 4–3
1971–72 1971–72 Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 30 52 .366 26
1972–73 1972–73 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 9 73 .110 59
1973–74 1973–74 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 25 57 .305 31
1974–75 1974–75 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th 34 48 .415 26
1975–76 1975–76 Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 8 Lost First Round (Braves) 2–1
1976–77 1976–77 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 50 32 .610 Won Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–3
Won Conference Finals (Rockets) 4–2
Lost NBA Finals (Trail Blazers) 4–2
1977–78 1977–78 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 55 27 .671 Won Conference Semifinals (Knicks) 4–0
Lost Conference Finals (Bullets) 4–2
1978–79 1978–79 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 47 35 .573 7 Won First Round (Nets) 2–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 4–3
1979–80 1979–80 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 59 23 .720 2 Won First Round (Bullets) 2–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Hawks) 4–1
Won Conference Finals (Celtics) 4–1
Lost NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–2
1980–81 1980–81 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 62 20 .756 Won First Round (Pacers) 2–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Bucks) 4–3
Lost Conference Finals (Celtics) 4–3
Julius Erving (MVP)
1981–82 1981–82 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 58 24 .707 5 Won First Round (Hawks) 2–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Bucks) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Celtics) 4–3
Lost NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–2
1982–83 1982–83 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 65 17 .793 Won Conference Semifinals (Knicks) 4–0
Won Conference Finals (Bucks) 4–1
Won NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–0
Moses Malone (MVP, FMVP)
Bobby Jones (SMoY)
Julius Erving (JWKC)
1983–84 1983–84 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 52 30 .634 10 Lost First Round (Nets) 3–2
1984–85 1984–85 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 58 24 .707 5 Won First Round (Bullets) 3–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Bucks) 4–0
Lost Conference Finals (Celtics) 4–1
1985–86 1985–86 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 54 28 .659 13 Won First Round (Bullets) 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Bucks) 4–3
1986–87 1986–87 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 45 37 .549 14 Lost First Round (Bucks) 3–2
1987–88 1987–88 Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 36 46 .439 21
1988–89 1988–89 Eastern 7th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 6 Lost First Round (Knicks) 3–0
1989–90 1989–90 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 1st 53 29 .646 Won First Round (Cavaliers) 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Bulls) 4–1
1990–91 1990–91 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 44 38 .537 12 Won First Round (Bucks) 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Bulls) 4–1
1991–92 1991–92 Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 35 47 .427 16
1992–93 1992–93 Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 26 56 .317 34 Dana Barros (MIP)
1993–94 1993–94 Eastern 11th Atlantic 6th 25 57 .305 32
1994–95 1994–95 Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 24 58 .293 33
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern 15th Atlantic 7th 18 64 .220 42
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern 14th Atlantic 6th 22 60 .268 39 Allen Iverson (RoY)
1997–98 1997–98 Eastern 14th Atlantic 7th 31 51 .378 24
1998–99[b] 1998–99 Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 28 22 .560 5 Won First Round (Magic) 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Pacers) 4–0
1999–00 1999–00 Eastern 5th Atlantic 3rd 49 33 .598 3 Won First Round (Hornets) 3–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Pacers) 4–2
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 56 26 .683 Won First Round (Pacers) 3–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Raptors) 4–3
Won Conference Finals (Bucks) 4–3
Lost NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–1
Allen Iverson (MVP)
Dikembe Mutombo (DPoY, JWKC)
Aaron McKie (SMoY)
Larry Brown (CoY)
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern 6th Atlantic 4th 43 39 .524 9 Lost First Round (Celtics) 3–2
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 48 34 .585 1 Won First Round (Hornets) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Pistons) 4–2
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 33 49 .402 14
2004–05 2004–05 Eastern 7th Atlantic 2nd 43 39 .524 2 Lost First Round (Pistons) 4–1
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern 9th Atlantic 2nd 38 44 .463 11
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern 9th Atlantic 3rd 35 47 .427 12
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 40 42 .488 26 Lost First Round (Pistons) 4–2
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern 6th Atlantic 2nd 41 41 .500 21 Lost First Round (Magic) 4–2
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern 13th Atlantic 4th 27 55 .329 23 Samuel Dalembert (JWKC)
2010–11 2010–11 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 41 41 .500 15 Lost First Round (Heat) 4–1
2011–12[c] 2011–12 Eastern 8th Atlantic 3rd 35 31 .530 4 Won First Round (Bulls) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–3
2012–13 2012–13 Eastern 9th Atlantic 4th 34 48 .415 20
2013–14 2013–14 Eastern 14th Atlantic 5th 19 63 .232 29 Michael Carter-Williams (RoY)
2014–15 2014–15 Eastern 14th Atlantic 4th 18 64 .220 31
Regular Season 2,698 2,442 .525 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 Players Association. Retrieved 2008-08-31. [dead link]