Birthplace: East Meadow, NY
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
NBA Seasons: 11
All Star Appearances: 11
All Star MVP: 2
ABA Seasons: 5
NBA Championships: 1
Coach Julius “Dr. J” Erving is a basketball legend who popularized the modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim. Erving helped legitimize the ABA and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the NBA after the 1975–76 season.
Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He is the sixth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in slam dunk contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the ABA and the NBA.
Erving was inducted in 1993 into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was also named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1994, Erving was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.