Happy Birthday Doctor J

HAPPY 64th DR. J

Julius Ervin –  the most electrifying player of his era, who made the slam dunk what it is – celebrates his 64th birthday today.

From Wikipedia:

Julius Winfield Erving II  commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketballplayer who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. Erving helped legitimize theAmerican 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.

Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA’s Virginia Squiresand 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 inSlam Dunk Contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association.

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. Most observers consider him one of history’s most talented players; he is also widely acknowledged as one of the game’s best dunkers. While Connie Hawkins, “Jumping” Johnny Green,Elgin Baylor, and Gus Johnson performed spectacular dunks before Erving’s time, “Dr. J” brought the practice into the mainstream. His signature dunk was the “slam” dunk, since incorporated into the vernacular and basic skill set of the game in the same manner as the “cross-over” dribble and the “no look” pass. Before Julius Erving, dunking was a practice most commonly used by the big men (usually standing close to the hoop) to show their brutal strength which was seen as style over substance, even unsportsmanlike, by many purists of the game. However, the way Erving utilized the dunk more as a high-percentage shot made at the end of maneuvers generally starting well away from the basket and not necessarily a “show of force” helped to make the shot an acceptable strategy, especially in trying to avoid a blocked shot. Although the slam dunk is still widely used as a show of power, a method of intimidation and a way to fire up a team (and spectators), Dr. J demonstrated that there can be great artistry, and almost balletic style, to slamming the ball into the hoop, particularly after a launch several feet from that target.

Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1983)
  • 2× ABA champion (1974, 1976)
  • 2× ABA Playoffs MVP (1974, 1976)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1981)
  • 3× ABA Most Valuable Player (1974–1976)
  • 11× NBA All-Star (1977–1987)
  • 5× ABA All-Star (1972–1976)
  • 2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1977, 1983)
  • 5× All-NBA First Team (1978, 1980–1983)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1977, 1984)
  • 4× All-ABA First Team (1973–1976)
  • All-ABA Second Team (1972)
  • ABA All-Defensive First Team (1976)
  • ABA All-Rookie First Team (1972)
  • ABA Slam Dunk Champion (1976)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1983)
  • No. 32 retired by Brooklyn Nets
  • No. 6 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
  • ABA All-Time Team
  • NBA 35th Anniversary Team
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • No. 32 retired by UMass
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG% 3P% 2P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK PTS
1971-72 ★ 21 VIR ABA SF 84 3513 .498 .188 .501 .745 1319 335 2290
1972-73 ★ 22 VIR ABA SF 71 2993 .496 .208 .499 .776 867 298 181 127 2268
1973-74 ★ 23 NYA ABA SF 84 3398 .512 .395 .515 .766 899 434 190 204 2299
1974-75 ★ 24 NYA ABA SF 84 3402 .506 .333 .515 .799 914 462 186 157 2343
1975-76 ★ 25 NYA ABA SF 84 3244 .507 .330 .517 .801 925 423 207 160 2462
1976-77 ★ 26 PHI NBA SF 82 2940 .499 .499 .777 695 306 159 113 1770
1977-78 ★ 27 PHI NBA SF 74 2429 .502 .502 .845 481 279 135 97 1528
1978-79 ★ 28 PHI NBA SF 78 2802 .491 .491 .745 564 357 133 100 1803
1979-80 ★ 29 PHI NBA SF 78 2812 .519 .200 .523 .787 576 355 170 140 2100
1980-81 ★ 30 PHI NBA SF 82 2874 .521 .222 .525 .787 657 364 173 147 2014
1981-82 ★ 31 PHI NBA SF 81 81 2789 .546 .273 .548 .763 557 319 161 141 1974
1982-83 ★ 32 PHI NBA SF 72 72 2421 .517 .286 .518 .759 491 263 112 131 1542
1983-84 ★ 33 PHI NBA SF 77 77 2683 .512 .333 .515 .754 532 309 141 139 1727
1984-85 ★ 34 PHI NBA SF 78 78 2535 .494 .214 .497 .765 414 233 135 109 1561
1985-86 ★ 35 PHI NBA SF 74 74 2474 .480 .281 .486 .785 370 248 113 82 1340
1986-87 ★ 36 PHI NBA SF 60 60 1918 .471 .264 .484 .813 264 191 76 94 1005
Career TOT 1243 442 45227 .506 .298 .510 .777 10525 5176 2272 1941 30026
NBA 836 442 28677 .507 .261 .510 .777 5601 3224 1508 1293 18364
ABA 407 16550 .504 .322 .509 .778 4924 1952 764 648 11662
11 seasons PHI NBA 836 442 28677 .507 .261 .510 .777 5601 3224 1508 1293 18364
3 seasons NYA ABA 252 10044 .508 .343 .516 .789 2738 1319 583 521 7104
2 seasons VIR ABA 155 6506 .497 .200 .500 .760 2186 633 181 127 4558
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/22/2014.
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G FG 3P TRB AST STL BLK PTS
1971-72 ★ 21 VIR ABA SF 84 10.8 0.0 15.7 4.0 27.3
1972-73 ★ 22 VIR ABA SF 71 12.6 0.1 12.2 4.2 2.5 1.8 31.9
1973-74 ★ 23 NYA ABA SF 84 10.9 0.2 10.7 5.2 2.3 2.4 27.4
1974-75 ★ 24 NYA ABA SF 84 10.9 0.3 10.9 5.5 2.2 1.9 27.9
1975-76 ★ 25 NYA ABA SF 84 11.3 0.4 11.0 5.0 2.5 1.9 29.3
1976-77 ★ 26 PHI NBA SF 82 8.4 8.5 3.7 1.9 1.4 21.6
1977-78 ★ 27 PHI NBA SF 74 8.3 6.5 3.8 1.8 1.3 20.6
1978-79 ★ 28 PHI NBA SF 78 9.2 7.2 4.6 1.7 1.3 23.1
1979-80 ★ 29 PHI NBA SF 78 10.7 0.1 7.4 4.6 2.2 1.8 26.9
1980-81 ★ 30 PHI NBA SF 82 9.7 0.0 8.0 4.4 2.1 1.8 24.6
1981-82 ★ 31 PHI NBA SF 81 9.6 0.0 6.9 3.9 2.0 1.7 24.4
1982-83 ★ 32 PHI NBA SF 72 8.4 0.0 6.8 3.7 1.6 1.8 21.4
1983-84 ★ 33 PHI NBA SF 77 8.8 0.1 6.9 4.0 1.8 1.8 22.4
1984-85 ★ 34 PHI NBA SF 78 7.8 0.0 5.3 3.0 1.7 1.4 20.0
1985-86 ★ 35 PHI NBA SF 74 7.0 0.1 5.0 3.4 1.5 1.1 18.1
1986-87 ★ 36 PHI NBA SF 60 6.7 0.2 4.4 3.2 1.3 1.6 16.8
Career TOT 1243 9.5 0.1 8.5 4.2 2.0 1.7 24.2
NBA 836 8.7 0.1 6.7 3.9 1.8 1.5 22.0
ABA 407 11.3 0.2 12.1 4.8 2.4 2.0 28.7
11 seasons PHI NBA 836 8.7 0.1 6.7 3.9 1.8 1.5 22.0
3 seasons NYA ABA 252 11.0 0.3 10.9 5.2 2.3 2.1 28.2
2 seasons VIR ABA 155 11.6 0.1 14.1 4.1 2.5 1.8 29.4
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/22/2014.

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