Dr. J Biography & Photos

Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), also known as Doctor J, “was the most famous basketball player of the seventies and one of the best small forward in the history of the NBA. With his game, he set the foundation for the development of an athletic and more exciting form of sport. He was one of the first “pilot” of the NBA, a jump miracle that played off his opponents in the air instead of on the ground.

College and ABA

In his last two years as a forward from the University of Massachusetts, he took it to a sensational 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game. The interest of the NBA clubs Erving was still low, and so he decided to quit his studies in 1971 and signed a contract with Virginia Squires ABA team. The ABA was then the competitive league to the NBA and there have been recent discussions about a merger of the two leagues.

Even in his first season, Erving was the first samples of his abilities. He scored an average of 27.3 points per game and had to give the choice for Rookie of the Year Artis Gilmore barely defeated. The Squires moved into the Eastern Division finals, but failed to mentioned by Rick Barry New York Nets. In the summer of 1970, Erving had elapsed study time and so he was automatically reported to the NBA Draft. And despite him only 10 th Milwaukee Bucks Job drafteten, he had under his contract to stay with the Squires. Erving accepted the situation and focused fully on his game.

After the following season won the ABA scoring title, he realized that he was now the most dominant player in the ABA and set higher goals for themselves. Before the 1973-1974 season, Erving was a trade to the Nets in New York, the ideal stage for the superstar. He led the Nets right away to the title the following year and was elected as the MVP. In the 1976 ABA Finals Erving and the Nets beat the Denver Nuggets and won so that the second championship in three years. As it turns out shortly afterwards, this was the last final in the history of the ABA. The NBA wanted to bring the viewer magnet, Julius Erving, at any price in the league. But when he was still contractually bound to the Nets, it was agreed as a solution to the problem to a merger of the leagues. The Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs were included in the rest of the NBA and ABA players divided into an expansion-draft among the teams.

Julius Erving was elected from 1974 to 1976 three times in succession to the ABA MVP. In addition, he was nominated from 1973 to 1976 four times in a row for the All-Star First Team.


Contractual problems forced the Nets to Julius Erving to sell in a flash just before the transfer season 1976 – 1977 to the Philadelphia 76ers to. Erving acknowledged the situation in his new team and decided to become more involved in the service of the team ask. The Sixers struggled through the playoffs and moved into the finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. There, they foundered on the Blazers at center legend Bill Walton, the series decided by six games and is crowned the champion. The management of the Sixers then began to build a team around Erving. Reinforced by Maurice Cheeks and Bobby Jones, the Sixers moved into the next three years, twice in the finals, but failed both times to the Los Angeles Lakers. It was recognized that was missing for winning the championship is a dominant center, who managed to win against Robert Parish of the Celtics, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers. So you picked up before the season 1982 – 1983 the best, the surrender of the NBA at that time – league MVP Moses Malone. After a demonstration of strength in the playoffs, they finally moved into the finals where we met at the now mutated to the most feared opponent defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. With a 4-0 sweep and winning the title, the Sixers were still ultimately compensated for the disappointments of the years before. After winning the title, the era of Julius Erving, and thus the long years after the Sixers went to the top of the NBA at an end. After the 1986-1987 season, Erving was at the age of 37 years of active sport.

During his NBA career was Erving once the NBA Most Valuable Player (1981) and five times in the All-NBA First Team selected (1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983). In addition, he was appointed from 1977 to 1987 11 times in a row, the All-Star team. 1977 and 1983 he was elected as the MVP of the All-Star Games. In 1993 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Later, Dr. J as a commentator and successful businessman, active until 1997 as Vice President, he again boarded the Orlando Magic for the Giants.

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