Julius Erving is a former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association and the American Basketball Association.

He has two ABA Championships and one NBA Championship. He is also an 11-time NBA All-Star player. After he retired from professional basketball, No.32 was retired by the Brooklyn Nets and No.6 by the Philadelphia 76ers.

He was named to the NBA Anniversary Team for the 35th, 50th, and 75th teams. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.01 m / 95 kg
Born 22 Feb 1950
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Dr. J
Team History
205 philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 1976 - 1987
New York Nets New York Nets 1973 - 1976
Virginia Squires Virginia Squires 1971 - 1973

Player Profile and Personal Life

Julius Winfield Erving II was born on February 22, 1950, in Roosevelt, New York in the United States of America. He stands 201 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 95 kg. He played small forward and he shot with his right. He was married to Turquoise Erving from 1972 to 2003.

He has two kids outside of his marriage. He is the father of former professional tennis player Alexandra Stevenson. He did not meet his daughter until October 2008.

High School and College Career

He played high school basketball for Roosevelt High School. He later attended the University of Massachusetts.

While in college, he was named to the Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI in 1971.

Professional Career

He was drafted into the NBA by the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1972 NBA Draft. He was the 12th Overall Pick in the first round.

But he had started his professional career in 1971, playing for the Virginia Squires in the ABA. While with the Squires, he was named the ABA Rookie of the Year Award.

While in the ABA, he became an ABA Champion twice in 1974 and 1976.

He was still involved with the ABA when the league merged with the NBA after the 1975-1976 season. He began to fully play in the NBA in the 1976-1977 season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Some of his achievements while playing for the NBA include being named an NBA All-Star from 1977 to 1987. In 1983, he became an NBA Champion while he was playing for the 76ers. He retired from the NBA in 1987.

Later, he was named to the 35th, 50th, and 75th NBA Anniversary teams. The Brooklyn Nets retired the No.32 jersey and the Philadelphia 76ers retired the No.6 jersey. The UMass Minutemen also retired No.32 in Erving’s honor.

Career Highlights

  • 1983 - NBA champion
  • 1974, 1976 - ABA champion
  • 1974, 1976 - ABA Playoffs MVP
  • 1981 - NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1974–1976 - ABA Most Valuable Player
  • 1977–1987 - NBA All-Star
  • 1972–1976 - ABA All-Star
  • 1977, 1983 - NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 1978, 1980–1983 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1977, 1984 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1973–1976 - All-ABA First Team
  • 1972 - All-ABA Second Team
  • 1976 - ABA All-Defensive First Team
  • 1972 - ABA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1973, 1974, 1976 - ABA scoring champion
  • 1976 - ABA Slam Dunk champion
  • 1983 - Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

  • No. 32 retired by the Brooklyn Nets
  • No. 6 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
  • ABA All-Time Team
  • ABA All-time MVP
  • NBA anniversary team (35th, 50th, 75th)

  • 1971 - Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI

  • No. 32 retired by UMass Minutemen

  • Basketball Hall of Fame as a player -1993
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame -2006

People Ask

When did Julius Erving become an NBA Champion?

He won the NBA Championship in 1983 while with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Did Julius Erving also play in the ABA?

Yes. He played in the ABA and in 1974 and 1976, he became an ABA champion.

When was Julius Erving inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame?

In 2006. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He has also been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.

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