Julius "Dr. J" Erving
More Popularly Known As "Dr. J," Erving Helped Launch The Modern Style Of NBA Play That Emphasizes Slam Dunks, Acrobatics And Playing Above The Rim.
He Enrolled At The University Of Massachusetts In 1968. In Two Varsity College Basketball Seasons, He Averaged 26.3 Points And 20.2 Rebounds Per Game --- Becoming One Of Only Five Players To Average More Than 20 Points And 20 Rebounds Per Game In NCAA Men's Basketball.
Erving Began His Professional Career In the American Basketball Association (ABA) With The Virginia Squires And The New York Nets. He Won Three Championships, Four Most Valuable Player Awards And Three Scoring Titles, While Playing With Those Teams.
Widely Regarded As The Greatest Player Of His Time, He Is Often Considered To Have Been The Main Catalyst For The ABA-NBA Merger In 1976.
A 6-7, 210-Pound Small Forward, He Also Played For 11 Years With The Philadelphia 76ers And Led Them To The NBA Championship in 1983.
Described As A "Gracious, Dignified, And Disciplined Man," Erving Is Admired And Respected As Much For His Class As He Is For His Athletic Talent. In 1986, he Announced Retirement From Basketball.
After His Basketball Career, He Became A Businessman, Obtaining Ownership Of A Coca-Cola Bottling Plant In Philadelphia And Doing Work For TV As An Analyst. In 1997, He Joined The Front Office Of The Orlando Magic.
Erving Was Elected To The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame In 1993. He Was Named One Of The 50 Greatest Players In NBA History In 1996.
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