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1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1966–67 season of the Philadelphia 76ers was their 14th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and their fourth since moving from Syracuse, as well as their final season at the Philadelphia Civic Center, before moving to the Spectrum in South Philadelphia, the next season.

1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers season
NBA champions
Division champions
Head coachAlex Hannum
ArenaPhiladelphia Arena and Civic Center-Convention Hall
Results
Record68–13 (.840)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Warriors, 4–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWFIL-TV
RadioWCAU
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The season set a record in winning percentage and they won the NBA Finals for the franchise's second championship and first in Philadelphia. The team was later chosen as the greatest individual team in 1980 for the NBA 35th Anniversary Team.

During the off-season, the 76ers dismissed coach Dolph Schayes of Syracuse Nationals fame. Alex Hannum, the former 1950s power forward, who was the last man to coach a winner past Boston, was the new coach. The 43-year-old Hannum looked like he could still play, and often ran with the club in practice.[citation needed]

Wilt Chamberlain's eight assists per game set a record for centers and made him third in the NBA overall, while scoring 24 per game and again leading the NBA in rebounds and blocked shots. Shooting less, he made a league-record 68% of his shots; his 875 free throw attempts, another league record, offset his percentage from the foul line.

The 76ers also had three other players around the 20-point-per-game mark that season in Hal Greer with 22 points, and Chet Walker and Billy Cunningham, both with 19 points. The four players combined won a then-league-record 68 games together under Hannum's watch. The team averaged a record 125 points per game, leading all teams in shooting accuracy.

The 76ers started the season at 46–4, which remains the best 50-game start in the NBA history (tied in 2016). They finished the season at 68–13, the best record in league history at the time. In the first round of the playoffs, they defeated the Royals in four games, then in the Eastern Conference Finals defeated the Boston Celtics, a team who had won eight consecutive titles, and nine out of the last ten, four games to one. In the finals they defeated the San Francisco Warriors, four games to two.[1]

In 1996, the 1966-67 76ers were named as one of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History.

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 9 Matt Guokas (G/F)   United States St. Joseph's

RosterEdit

1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 13 Chamberlain, Wilt 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1936-08-21 Kansas
PG 21 Costello, Larry 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1931-07-02 Niagara University
F 32 Cunningham, Billy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943-06-03 North Carolina
F 30 Gambee, Dave 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1937-04-16 Oregon State
G 15 Greer, Hal 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1936-06-26 Marshall
SG 14 Guokas, Matt 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1944-02-25 Saint Joseph's
F 54 Jackson, Luke 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1941-10-31 Texas–Pan American
G 23 Jones, Wali 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1942-02-14 Villanova
PG 28 Melchionni, Bill 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1944-10-19 Villanova
F 25 Walker, Chet 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1940-02-22 Bradley
G 35 Weiss, Bob 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1942-05-07 Penn State
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Philadelphia 76ers 68 13 .840 28–2 26–8 14–3 28–8
x-Boston Celtics 60 21 .741 8 27–4 25–11 8–6 30–6
x-Cincinnati Royals 39 42 .481 29 20–11 12–24 7–7 14–22
x-New York Knicks 36 45 .444 32 20–15 9–24 7–6 11–25
Baltimore Bullets 20 61 .247 48 12–20 3–30 5–11 7–29


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1966-67 NBA Records
Team BAL BOS CHI CIN DET LAL NYK PHI SFW STL
Baltimore 1–8 3–6 3–6 2–7 2–7 2–7 1–8 2–7 4–5
Boston 8–1 8–1 8–1 6–3 5–4 9–0 5–4 6–3 5–4
Chicago 6–3 1–8 5–4 4–5 6–3 3–6 1–8 3–6 4–5
Cincinnati 6–3 1–8 4–5 7–2 3–6 6–3 1–8 5–4 6–3
Detroit 7–2 3–6 5–4 2–7 5–4 4–5 0–9 2–7 2–7
Los Angeles 7–2 4–5 3–6 6–3 4–5 4–5 1–8 3–6 4–5
New York 7–2 0–9 6–3 3–6 5–4 5–4 1–8 5–4 4–5
Philadelphia 8–1 4–5 8–1 8–1 9–0 8–1 8–1 7–2 8–1
San Francisco 7–2 3–6 6–3 4–5 7–2 6–3 4–5 2–7 5–4
St. Louis 5–4 4–5 5–4 3–6 7–2 5–4 5–4 1–8 4–5

Game logEdit

1966–67 Game log
Season schedule

Player statsEdit

Note: GP= Games played; PTS= Points; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; BLK= Blocks; STL= Steals;

Player GP PTS REB AST BLK STL

NBA finalsEdit

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 14 Philadelphia 141–135 San Francisco
Game 2 April 16 Philadelphia 126–95 San Francisco
Game 3 April 18 San Francisco 130–124 Philadelphia
Game 4 April 20 San Francisco 108–122 Philadelphia
Game 5 April 23 Philadelphia 109–117 San Francisco
Game 6 April 24 San Francisco 122–125 Philadelphia

76ers win series 4–2

Awards and RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sachare, Alex (2008). "NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition: The Best Team Ever". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2008.