Today in Sports History: October 20

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1976, The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Julius Erving from the New York Nets in exchange for $3 million. The legendary small forward was known for his complete skill set and dunking abilities. The transaction would be well worth it, with Erving leading the 76ers to the third and most recent championship to date in the 1983 finals. The combination of Moses Malone and Erving helped them dominate the opponents. The 76ers won the first series 4-0 against the Knicks, the second series 5-0 against the Milwaukee Bucks, and swept the Lakers in the finals. Erving maintained a high level of play throughout his entire sixteen year professional basketball career. With 5 seasons in the ABA and 11 seasons in the NBA, Erving maintained a career average of 24.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2 steals, and 1.7 blocks. Erving is the only player to be named both ABA and NBA MVP. Erving was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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