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1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season was Charles Barkley's rookie season. Barkley joined a veteran team that included Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Maurice Cheeks, three players who took Philadelphia to the 1983 NBA championship. The Sixers finished with a regular season record of 58-24, five games behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division.

1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season
Head coachBilly Cunningham
General managerPat Williams
ArenaThe Spectrum
Results
Record58–24 (.707)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Finals
(Eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWPHL-TV
PRISM
RadioWIP
< 1983–84 1985–86 >

In the first round of the playoffs, they beat the Washington Bullets 3-1, and then in the Eastern semi-finals they swept the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers in the Eastern Conference Finals were defeated in five games by the Boston Celtics. In the game three loss, Julius Erving was booed by the home Sixer fans. After this series Erving was to play the guard position for the last two years of his career. This was also the final series for Coach Billy Cunningham, who quit and would be replaced by Matt Goukas.

This also was the last full season for Andrew Toney, who would be sidelined the next year with a foot injury and played in only 6 games, and never was able to return to his previous All-Star form.

The team's season roster is featured in the video game NBA 2K16.[1]

NBA DraftEdit

Charles Barkley left before his final year at Auburn and made himself eligible for the 1984 NBA draft. He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Charles Barkley PF   United States Auburn
1 10 Leon Wood SG   United States California State-Fullerton
1 22 Tom Sewell SG   United States Lamar
3 48 James Banks   United States Georgia
3 68 Butch Graves   United States Yale
4 91 Earl Harrison PF   United States Morehead State
5 114 Dan Federman   United States Tennessee
6 137 Gary Springer PF   United States Iona
7 160 Rich Congo   United States Drexel
8 183 Franks Dobbs   United States Villanova
9 205 Michael Mitchell   United States Drexel
10 227 Martin Clark   United States Boston College

RosterEdit

1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 34 Barkley, Charles 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1963–02–20 Auburn
G 10 Cheeks, Maurice 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1956–09–08 West Texas A&M
F 6 Erving, Julius 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1950-02-22 UMass
C 45 Johnson, Clemon 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1956–09–12 Florida A&M
F 12 Johnson, George 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1956-12-08 St. John's
F 24 Jones, Bobby 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1951–12–18 North Carolina
C 2 Malone, Moses 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1955–03–23 Petersburg High School
G 4 Richardson, Clint 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1956–08–07 Seattle
G 3 Threatt, Sedale 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1961–09–10 West Virginia Tech
G 22 Toney, Andrew 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1957–11–23 Louisiana
F 33 Williams, Sam 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1959-03-07 Arizona State
G 20 Wood, Leon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1962–03–25 Cal State Fullerton
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 35–6 28–13 19–5
x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5 34–7 24–17 15–9
x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21 27–14 15–26 13–11
x-Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23 28–13 12–29 11–13
New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39 19–22 5–36 2–22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 63 19 .768
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720 4
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5
4 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 17
5 x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21
6 x-Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
7 x-Chicago Bulls 38 44 .463 25
8 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 36 46 .439 27
9 Atlanta Hawks 34 48 .415 29
10 New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39
11 Indiana Pacers 22 60 .268 41



Record vs. opponentsEdit

Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–4 3–3 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 6–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 3–3 3–3 0–5 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–3
Boston 4–1 4–2 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 5–1 6–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 5–1
Chicago 3–3 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 4–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–2
Cleveland 3–3 0–6 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–5 2–3 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Dallas 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 2–4 2–0 5–1 3–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 4–1 4–2 5–0 1–5 1–1
Denver 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 5–0 2–4 2–0 4–2 2–3 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 4–1 3–3 3–2 4–2 2–0
Detroit 5–1 2–4 3–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–5 3–2 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3
Golden State 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 3–3 1–4 1–1
Houston 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 3–2 3–3 0–2
Indiana 0–6 1–5 4–2 2–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–4
Kansas City 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 3–2 0–5 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–4 3–2 2–4 1–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 2–3 0–6 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–5 2–3 2–4 3–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 1–1 5–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 5–1 3–2 3–3 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 4–2 4–1 3–3 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
New Jersey 3–3 1–5 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 3–3 6–0 2–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–2
New York 3–3 0–6 2–4 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 0–6 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–6
Philadelphia 5–0 3–3 5–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 4–2 1–4 2–0 3–2 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–4 5–1 3–2 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 4–2 2–3 2–0 2–3 5–1 1–5 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–2 4–2 3–2 1–1
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 4–1 2–4 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–3 4–1 1–5 0–2
Seattle 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–5 2–3 1–1 3–3 2–3 2–0 2–3 4–2 3–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–4 3–2 2–0
Utah 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–4 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–2 4–2 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 5–1 2–3 1–1
Washington 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–4 6–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Washington Bullets: 76ers win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 17): Philadelphia 104, Washington 97
  • Game 2 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 21): Philadelphia 113, Washington 94
  • Game 3 @ Capital Centre, Landover (April 24): Washington 118, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 4 @ Capital Centre, Landover (April 26): Philadelphia 106, Washington 98

Last Playoff Meeting: 1980 Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia won 2-0)

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 28): Philadelphia 127, Milwaukee 105
  • Game 2 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 30): Philadelphia 112, Milwaukee 108
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 3): Philadelphia 109, Milwaukee 104
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 5): Philadelphia 121, Milwaukee 112

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 Eastern Conference Finals (Philadelphia won 4-1)

East Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 12): Boston 108, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 14): Boston 106, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 18): Boston 105, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 19): Philadelphia 115, Boston 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 22): Boston 102, Philadelphia 100

Last Playoff Meeting: 1982 Eastern Conference Finals (Philadelphia won 4-3)

PlayoffsEdit

Award winnersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lelinwalla, Mark (September 11, 2015). "'NBA 2K16': All The Classic Teams Announced". Tech Times. Retrieved April 16, 2016.