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 4th 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|
|Head coach||Alex Hannum|
|Arena||Philadelphia Arena and Civic Center-Convention Hall|
|Place||Division: 1st (Eastern)|
|Playoff finish||NBA Champions|
(Defeated Warriors, 4–2)
This season set a record in winning percentage and they won the NBA Finals for the franchise's second championship and first in Philadelphia. This team was later chosen as the greatest individual team in 1980 for the NBA 35th Anniversary Team.
During the off-season, the 76ers dismissed head coach & former 76ers (Syracuse Nationals) player Dolph Schayes of fame. Alex Hannum, (a former 1950s power forward, who was the last man to coach a winner past the Boston Celtics) was the new coach. The 43-year-old Hannum looked like he could still play, and often ran with the club in practice.
Wilt Chamberlain's 8 assists per game set a record for centers and made him 3rd in the NBA overall while scoring 24 points per game and once again leading the NBA in rebounds and blocked shots (though not yet officially recorded). Shooting less, he made a league-record 68% of his shots; his 875 free throw attempts, another league record, offset his terrible 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 & Chet Walker & Billy Cunningham with 19 points each. The four players combined (as well as the rest of the roster) 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 (though tied in the Warriors 2015-16 season). They finished the season at 68–13, the best record in league history at the time. In the 1st round of the playoffs, they swept the Cincinnati Royals, then in the Eastern Conference Finals, defeated the Boston Celtics (a team that had won 8 consecutive titles & 9 out of the last 10) 4 games to 1. In the Finals, they defeated the San Francisco Warriors, 4 games to 2.
In 1996, the 1966-67 76ers were named as one of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History.
|1||9||Matt Guokas||(G/F)||United States||St. Joseph's|
|1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers roster|
|x-New York Knicks||36||45||.444||32||20–15||9–24||7–6||11–25|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1966-67 NBA Records|
|1966–67 Game log|
October: 5–0 (Home: 4–0 ; Road: 1–0)
November: 15–2 (Home: 7–0 ; Road: 5–2 ; Neutral: 3–0)
December: 15–1 (Home: 6–0 ; Road: 7–1 ; Neutral: 2–0)
January: 12–3 (Home: 6–1 ; Road: 4–1 ; Neutral: 2–1)
February: 11–4 (Home: 2–0 ; Road: 4–3 ; Neutral: 5–1)
March: 10–3 (Home: 3–1 ; Road: 5–1 ; Neutral: 2–1)
Note: GP= Games played; PTS= Points; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; BLK= Blocks; STL= Steals;
|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
- 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.