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10 Best Scorers In Philadelphia 76ers History: Wilt Chamberlain Is Better Than Allen Iverson By 0.01 Points

10 Best Scorers In Philadelphia 76ers History: Wilt Chamberlain Is Better Than Allen Iverson By 0.01 Points

The Philadelphia 76ers are recognized as one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. Philadelphia is a basketball-obsessed city with fans that are passionate about winning. As a matter of fact, Philly fans make it very clear when they are dissatisfied with a team's current situation. There is a reason why there was a media and fan uproar when Philly committed to tanking a few years back, although they did end up with Joel Embiid as a result. But winning for the city is of utmost priority, no matter the circumstances.

Luckily for 76ers fans, throughout the franchise's history, there have been some unbelievable players dominating the court for them on the offensive end. The likes of Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, and Wilt Chamberlain are all legends in the game and some of the most gifted players for having carried the franchise on their backs over their careers. But looking back at the 76ers’ history, which stars shined brightest as the best offensive players? It is time to find out, and here are the 10 best scorers in 76ers history.


10. Hal Greer - 19.2 PPG

(15 Seasons, 1959-1973)

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Hal Greer played his entire career with the 76ers, five with the Syracuse Nationals, and the rest when the franchise moved to Philadelphia in 1963 and became the 76ers. A 6’2” shooting guard, the Hall of Famer made the All-Star Team 10 times and averaged over 20 PPG in eight seasons. Also a 7-time All-NBA performer, Greer was a speedy guard who fed off the dominant interior presence of Wilt Chamberlain. Together, they won the 1967 NBA title.

Greer amassed over 21,000 points in his career and ended up with a 19.2 PPG average over 15 seasons with the franchise. Based on his incredible longevity and consistency as an offensive threat, Greer is unsurprisingly a name appearing on this top-10 list. A member of the original 50 Greatest Players and now the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Hal Greer is one of the greatest 76ers talents ever.


9. Jerry Stackhouse - 19.5 PPG

(3 Seasons, 1996-1998)

Jerry Stackhouse

Jerry Stackhouse was a dominant scorer for the Detroit Pistons, but the shooting guard was drafted No. 3 overall in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Averaging 19.2 PPG and making the All-Rookie Team in his first season, Stackhouse started his career off with a bang. The following season, the scorer averaged 20.7 PPG in 39.1 minutes of play. Clearly, Stackhouse was getting comfortable getting buckets as a professional.

In his final season with the franchise, Jerry Stackhouse averaged 16.0 PPG in 22 games before getting traded to the Detroit Pistons. An explosive athlete and solid jump shooter, Stackhouse was reliable at scoring the ball and did it at an elite level for the Pistons as soon as he arrived at the franchise. Based on his hot start to his career with the 76ers, Jerry Stackhouse is a top-10 scorer ever for them.


8. Billy Cunningham - 20.8 PPG

(9 Seasons, 1966-1972, 1975-1976)

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A Hall of Famer and fierce competitor, Cunningham pretty much had a perfect career in terms of the heights he reached. He was a superstar in high school, a phenom in college, and then a No. 7 draft pick who later became an NBA All-Star. His nickname, “The Kangaroo Kid” came from the fact that he could leap in the air and was very mobile. Of course, Cunningham used those physical gifts to average over 23 PPG in 4 seasons with the 76ers.

Billy Cunningham had his best all-around season in his second season by averaging 18.5 PPG and winning an NBA title, but the small forward was the full package as an offensive player over 9 seasons with the 76ers. Cunningham made 4 All-Star Teams with the 76ers, averaging a career-high 26.1 PPG in the 1970 season.


7. Moses Malone - 21.0 PPG

(5 Seasons, 1983-1986, 1994)

Moses Malone

One of the most dominant big men of all time, “Big Mo” Moses Malone was as elite as it gets as an offensive player and double-double machine. The center won 2 straight MVP Awards with the 76ers and also an NBA title during the 1983 season. Averaging a monster 21.0 PPG and 12.0 RPG over 5 seasons, Malone is easily a top-5 Philadelphia 76ers star of all time.

The Hall of Famer might be the most relentless rebounder in his position ever, as well, because he never stopped going after the rock after it bounced off the rim. Malone is regarded as the best offensive rebounder ever, and his first 4 seasons with the 76ers were elite. The big man averaged 23.9 PPG and 13.4 RPG in those 4 seasons, before returning to the team at age 38 to complete his 5th season.


6. George McGinnis - 21.6 PPG

(3 Seasons, 1976-1978)

George McGinnis

After 4 seasons in the ABA to start his career, 6’8” power forward George McGinnis would go on to have 2 All-Star seasons with the Philadephia 76ers in the NBA. The big man put up 23.0 PPG and 12.6 RPG in his first season, playing 38.3 MPG and starting all 77 games. The next season, the big man put up 21.4 PPG and 11.5 RPG. In his final season before joining the Denver Nuggets, McGinnis put up 20.3 PPG and 10.4 RPG.

Basing his game on strength and size, the Hall of Famer was effective at generating all his points from around the rim. He knew how to grind in the paint against defenders, use his body to gain position, and finish for easy buckets. McGinnis was an extraordinary player for the Indiana Pacers in the ABA, and he built off that to become a special offensive player for the Philadelphia 76ers as his scoring record indicates.


5. Julius Erving - 22.0 PPG

(11 Seasons, 1977-1987)

Julius Erving

After 5 seasons in the ABA, Julius Erving would spend all 11 years of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers. Averaging 22.0 PPG in those years, Erving became one of the greatest and most respected players of all time. Thanks to his high-flying style and incredible grace on the court, Erving is also among the most popular superstars ever. As an offensive player, he was truly legendary for the 76ers franchise.

Dr. J was able to get buckets without the importance of the three-point shot, which made it harder for perimeter players to generate points as easily as they do now. But Erving could slice to the basket, pull up from mid-range, and fly through the air for acrobatic dunks to earn his points. Averaging at least 20 PPG in 9 seasons was no easy feat, but Erving did it as effortlessly as one could make it look.


4. Charles Barkley - 23.3 PPG

(8 Seasons, 1985-1992)

Charles Barkley

Drafted No. 5 overall in the 1984 NBA Draft, everyone expected greatness from Charles Barkley. After making the All-Rookie Team, Barkley would go on to have 6 All-Star seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers before moving on to his next phase with the Phoenix Suns. Standing 6’6”, Barkley was a stocky forward who was imposing due to his aggression and determination. Averaging 23.3 PPG over 6 years comes as a result of that.

Barkley’s highest-scoring season came in his 4th season, putting up 28.3 PPG on 58.7% shooting. Clearly a man who made his living near the basket, Charles Barkley was efficient and effective on the floor. Over those 6 years, Barkley also led the league in RPG in his 3rd season (14.6 RPG). Even if Charles would have more team success with the Phoenix Suns, he is one of the greatest scorers in 76ers history.


3. Joel Embiid - 24.8 PPG

(6 Seasons, 2017-2022)

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A gifted center with shooting ability and handles, Joel Embiid has a chance to end his career as one of the greatest 76ers players ever. The only thing in his way is his health because the center has yet to come close to playing 70 games in a single season. Despite that, Embiid has a career average of 24.8 PPG. Armed with a post-game, mid-range jumper, and three-point shot; it is truly picking your poison with the Cameroonian. Thanks to the big man, Philadelphia are in win-now mode.

Embiid missed the first 2 seasons of his career with his foot injury, but has completed 5 seasons and is currently playing in his 6th. As he gains more time on an NBA court, Embiid is becoming more of a leader on both ends of the floor and is a go-to player in crunch time. The center can get Philadelphia a bucket at any time because if he is not double-teamed, there will be points on the board in one-on-one situations. It remains to be seen if Embiid can stay healthy long enough, but so far, his career looks very promising.


2. Allen Iverson - 27.61 PPG

(12 Seasons, 1997-2007, 2010)

Allen Iverson On Why He Won't Be An NBA Coach: "I Ain't Coaching No Mother******s That Make More Money Than Me."

Easily the greatest little man to ever play the game, Hall of Famer Allen Iverson went on a tear over the 12 years he played for the Philadelphia 76ers franchise. Known as “The Answer”, perhaps no player captivated the hearts of Philadelphia 76ers like Allen Iverson did. Listed at 6’0” and standing shorter, the guard was one of the most unstoppable forces of all time. With his quickness and ability to create his own shot, A.I. averaged 27.6 PPG with the 76ers.

Iverson captured all 4 of his scoring titles with the 76ers by averaging 26.8, 31.1, 31.4, and 30.7 PPG in those years. It is amazing how such a small player (165 lbs!) could destroy defenses as Iverson did on a nightly basis, especially during his incredible MVP season in 2001. A.I. carried the 76ers franchise for over a decade, and he is right behind the #1 scorer of all-time for the 76ers.


1. Wilt Chamberlain - 27.62 PPG

(4 Seasons, 1965-1968)

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Considered one of the best players to ever play the game at the center position, Wilt Chamberlain was a monster offensive force for the Philadelphia 76ers franchise over 4 years. An unstoppable one-on-one force, Wilt might be the most physically imposing player to ever grace the court. We have seen guys like Shaquille O’Neal and Giannis Antetokounmpo come after him, but Wilt was the original.

His incredible size, strength, speed, and length made him completely unstoppable against any defender. Chamberlain’s scoring averages over his 4 seasons are as follows: 30.1, 33.5, 24.1, and 24.3 PPG. Of course, Wilt made the All-Star Team in each season and captured the scoring title in his second season in Philly. Chamberlain would also lead the NBA in RPG 3 times over that stretch, although his scoring ability places him 1st among all-time scorers in 76ers history.


Most Points In Philadelphia 76ers History

Here are the ten players with the most total points in Philadelphia 76ers history:

1. Hal Greer - 21,586

2. Allen Iverson - 19,931

3. Dolph Schayes - 18,438

4. Julius Erving - 18,364

5. Charles Barkley - 14,184

6. Billy Cunningham - 13,626

7. Red Kerr - 11,699

8. Maurice Cheeks - 10,429

9. Andre Iguodala - 9,422

10. Chet Walker - 9,043

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