Much like any other franchise in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers have also had a myriad of players that have sported the Sixers uniform at one point in their careers. Some of them spent most or even their entire career with the team, while others had tenures that were short-lived.
Guys like Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Wilt Chamberlain are just some of the greats that made their mark on the Sixers franchise. Then again, there were some who slipped away from memory.
With that said, below are the Top 5 players who once played for the Sixers that you either did not know ever suited up for Philly or probably forgot about altogether.
Bob McAdoo was one of the greatest players in the 1970s who dominated the league with the Buffalo Braves. Throughout his career, the 6-foot-9 center/forward bagged more than a few honors, including Rookie of the Year, Scoring Champion (three times), MVP award and, of course, the NBA championship (two times with the Los Angeles Lakers).
However, McAdoo’s NBA tenure didn’t actually end with the Lakers. In 1986, after winning his second title with LA, the former second overall pick signed with the Sixers as a free agent.
McAdoo’s stint with Philly was anything but memorable, though, with the former UNC standout putting up just 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He played in only 29 games that season before finally calling it a career.
For those who may have forgotten, Dikembe Mutombo actually had a couple of successful years with the 76ers.
The 7-foot-2 big man arrived in Philadelphia in the middle of the 2000-01 campaign via a trade deal from the Atlanta Hawks. Most Sixers fans will have fond memories of Mutombo for the pivotal role he played for an Allen Iverson-led Philly team that year, as they went all the way to the Finals.
Mutombo also won his fourth and final Defensive Player of the Year award that term. He had such a successful career in the league that some fans often overlook the season and a half he played with Philly.
Chris Webber, who is most known for his stint with the Sacramento Kings, actually bounced from team to team towards the tail end of his career. The five-time All-Star ended up playing for no less than four different sides in the final four seasons of his career.
After six and a half memorable seasons with the Kings, the franchise called time on Webber’s tenure in Sacramento, trading him to the Sixers in February of 2005.
Webber played from 2005 to 2007 for Philadelphia before the team traded him.
Glenn Robinson was an absolute force during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks. During his eight-season stint in the cream City, the 6-foot-7 swingman established himself as one of the top small forwards in the league, earning two consecutive nods to the All-Star squad in 2000 and 2001.
Late in his career, Robinson played for three more other teams after Milwaukee. One of those teams were the 76ers, wherein he arrived in the summer of 2003 as part of a complex four-team trade deal.
Robinson, the former first overall pick of the 1994 NBA draft, ended up playing just half a season for Philly, suiting up for a grand total of 42 games. During that span, he averaged 16.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assist, and 1.0 steal per contest.
It wasn’t long before Robinson parted ways with the Sixers, with the team trading him to the New Orleans Hornets after just a few months in Philly.
It seems that Nikola Vucevic was an Orlando Magic player for his entire career. However, what may come as a surprise for most is the fact that the Montenegro national actually spent his first season in the NBA in Philadelphia.
It was the 76ers who drafted the 6-foot-11 big man during the 2011 draft as the 16th overall pick. Vooch did not exactly have the most impressive rookie campaign with Philly, averaging just 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per contest. As a result, the team opted to trade him away after just one season, putting an end to his brief stint with the team.
A few years later, the Sixers began “The Process.” Wouldn’t it be fun to imagine if Philadelphia were able to somehow keep Vucevic and play him alongside Joel Embiid? What a fearsome frontcourt that would have been!