Larry Bird and Magic Johnson may have put the NBA on the map, but Julius Erving “Dr.J” was the league’s first “cool” superstar. Between the afro, the tall tales that surrounded his game from his ABA days and the graceful way he would glide through the air toward the rim, Dr. J was one of the most aesthetically pleasing players to watch in NBA history.
And he was the definition of cool. He won one NBA Championship as a Sixer, he made the All-Star team in each of his 11 seasons in Philadelphia, was selected to an All-NBA team seven times and was named the MVP in 1981 when he averaged 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
In his 11 seasons he averaged 22 points per game 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.