Julius Erving

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Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.wikipedia
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Philadelphia 76ers

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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.
The 76ers have had a rich history, with many of the greatest players in NBA history having played for the organization, including Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson.

National Basketball Association

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Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season.
The ABA succeeded in signing a number of major stars in the 1970s, including Julius Erving of the Virginia Squires, in part because it allowed teams to sign college undergraduates.

American Basketball Association

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Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season.
The Nets had to settle for an arena in Piscataway, New Jersey and, to meet expenses, were forced to sell the contract of star Julius Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Slam dunk

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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.
Through the 1970s, the slam dunk was standard fare; David Thompson, Julius Erving, Darryl Dawkins, and others wowed crowds with high-flying moves.

Slam Dunk Contest

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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.
On January 27, 1976 at McNichols Sports Arena during halftime of the 1976 ABA All Star Game the first-ever Slam Dunk Contest was held, which was won by Julius Erving of the New York Nets over David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets, Artis Gilmore of the Kentucky Colonels, and George Gervin and Larry Kenon of the San Antonio Spurs.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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This move would have brought him together with Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving have called him the greatest basketball player of all time.

ABA–NBA merger

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Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season. The end of the 1975–76 ABA season finally brought the ABA–NBA merger.
The Squires had sold fan favorites such as Julius Erving, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Warren Armstrong, Billy Paultz and Swen Nater because of constant financial problems.

1972–73 Milwaukee Bucks season

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Under NBA rules, he became eligible for the 1972 NBA draft and the Milwaukee Bucks picked him in the first round (12th overall).

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Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.
The NBA has featured many famous players, including George Mikan, the first dominating "big man"; ball-handling wizard Bob Cousy and defensive genius Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics; charismatic center Wilt Chamberlain, who originally played for the barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters; all-around stars Oscar Robertson and Jerry West; more recent big men Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Karl Malone; playmakers John Stockton, Isiah Thomas and Steve Nash; crowd-pleasing forwards Julius Erving and Charles Barkley; European stars Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker; more recent superstars LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant; and the three players who many credit with ushering the professional game to its highest level of popularity during the 1980s and 1990s: Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Michael Jordan.

1972 NBA draft

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Under NBA rules, he became eligible for the 1972 NBA draft and the Milwaukee Bucks picked him in the first round (12th overall).
McAdoo and 12th pick Julius Erving have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Erving was also named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996.

Willie Sojourner

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The Squires received $750,000, George Carter, and the rights to Kermit Washington for Erving and Willie Sojourner.
Sojorner is known for giving his friend and teammate Julius Erving his famous "Dr. J." nickname.

George Gervin

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Erving enjoyed his brief time with Atlanta, and he would later duplicate with George Gervin his after-practice playing with Maravich.
In the space of only four months, they traded Julius Erving and Swen Nater for cash and/or draft picks.

1976–77 Philadelphia 76ers season

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After several teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers lobbied to obtain him, the Nets offered Erving's contract to the New York Knicks in return for waiving the indemnity, but the Knicks turned it down.
In a special $6 million deal, the Nets sold Julius Erving, the ABA's leading scorer, to the Philadelphia 76ers for $3 million.

Artis Gilmore

He scored 27.3 points per game as a rookie, was selected to the All-ABA Second Team, made the ABA All-Rookie Team, led the ABA in offensive rebounds, and finished second to Artis Gilmore for the ABA Rookie of the Year Award.
He was so immediately dominant that he earned the rare distinction of being selected both the ABA Rookie of the Year Award and the ABA Most Valuable Player Award in 1971-1972, both over Virginia Squires rookie Julius Erving.

Denver Nuggets

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The Erving-led Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets in the swan-song finals of the ABA.
Eventually, they lost to the New York Nets and Julius Erving.

Virginia Squires

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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.
In 1971, the Squires make their biggest draft pick ever by drafting Julius Erving from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

University Without Walls (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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Having left college early to pursue a professional career, Erving earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the University Without Walls program in creative leadership and administration in 1986, fulfilling a promise he had made to his mother.
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East Meadow, New York

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Erving was born in East Meadow, New York, and raised from the age of 13 in Roosevelt, New York.
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George McGinnis

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The Sixers, featuring other stars like ABA co-MVP George McGinnis, ABA All-Star Caldwell Jones, future All-Star World B Free (then Lloyd Free), outside shooting threat Henry Bibby (father of Mike Bibby), and the versatile and aggressive Doug Collins (later Michael Jordan's coach during the late 1980s), won the Atlantic Division and were the top drawing team in the NBA.
Teaming up with fellow ABA alumni Julius Erving and Caldwell Jones, McGinnis helped lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 1977.

1975–76 ABA season

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The end of the 1975–76 ABA season finally brought the ABA–NBA merger.
The game saw the first ever Slam Dunk Contest, won by Julius Erving.

Roosevelt, New York

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Erving was born in East Meadow, New York, and raised from the age of 13 in Roosevelt, New York.
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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

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He also starred in the 1979 basketball comedy film, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.
The movie has attracted a cult following, most notably for its disco-inspired setting and soundtrack, as well as the appearances of many NBA stars (including lead actor Julius Erving) and early roles for Debbie Allen, Stockard Channing and Harry Shearer.

Rucker Park

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Erving recalled, "[L]ater on, in the Rucker Park league in Harlem, when people started calling me 'Black Moses' and 'Houdini', I told them if they wanted to call me anything, call me 'Doctor,'" Over time, the nickname evolved into "Dr. Julius," and finally "Dr. J."
Julius "Dr. J" Erving

Caldwell Jones

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The Sixers, featuring other stars like ABA co-MVP George McGinnis, ABA All-Star Caldwell Jones, future All-Star World B Free (then Lloyd Free), outside shooting threat Henry Bibby (father of Mike Bibby), and the versatile and aggressive Doug Collins (later Michael Jordan's coach during the late 1980s), won the Atlantic Division and were the top drawing team in the NBA.
Playing alongside Julius Erving and company, Jones didn't need to score much with Philadelphia, so he concentrated on rebounding, shotblocking, and defense.