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Julius Erving

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Julius Winfield Erving (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American basketball player who helped launch the modern style of play that emphasizes leaping ability and play above the rim.

Erving was also instrumental in bringing legitimacy to the now-defunct American Basketball Association. While some players are considered to be "the team", Dr. J. was considered "the league." He was the main asset of the ABA when it merged with the NBA after the 1976 season. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team.

Career

Erving played college basketball at the University of Massachusetts, where he was one of only six players in NCAA history to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game.

He signed with the fledgling ABA in 1971, and played with the Virginia Squires from 1971-73 and the New York Nets from 1973-76. He then moved to the NBA, where he played with the Philadelphia 76ers until his retirement in 1987. He was named the NBA MVP in 1981, and led the 76ers to the NBA Championship in 1983.

When he retired, Erving ranked in the top 10 in scoring (third), most field goals made (third), most field goals attempted (fifth) and most steals (first). On the combined NBA/ABA scoring list, Erving ranked third with 30,026 points.


Erving also introduced the dunk jumping off the foul line. He executed this move in the 1976 All-Star Dunking Contest.de:Julius Erving fr:Julius Erving it:Julius Erving

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