Dr. J’s resume is solid, a two way monster. Julius Erving was the face of the ABA, was one of the coolest cats in the NBA, won multiple MVP’s, and multiple Championships across both leagues. Oh, and he was an All-Star every year he stepped on the court. What career box didn’t he check?
The most common knock on the Doctor’s game was that he spent the best years of his career in the ABA. However, can’t really knock a guy for putting up better numbers in his more athletic years. If we include the ABA buckets, Dr. J sits sixth on the all time scoring leader board.
When I think of the Doctor, I think of a near Michael Jordan level impact on the court, and an Allen Iverson level impact off the court. That combination of elite play meshed with basketball style is unmatched.
3x ABA MVP
2x All-Star MVP
2x ABA Champion
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Robert Littal (13).
The Barn Burner: Jacob Noble (27).
How did the other guys rank Erving: Matt Drappel (15), Justin Rowan (15), Justin Salkin (15), Adi Joseph (16), James Holas (16), Marc Griffin (16), Shane Young (17), Lang Greene (17), Justin Termine (18), Brian Geltzeiler (18), Josh Eberley (21), and Will Reeve (23).
Average vote: 17.6.
#13 Friday, September 25th.
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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley
Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC
James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen
Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph
Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416
Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada
Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO
Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA
Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio
Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc
Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene
Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat
Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr
and of course,
Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic
Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:
#50 Pete Maravich
#49 Dave Cowens
#48 Wes Unseld
#47 Dolph Schayes
#46 Paul Pierce
#45 Kevin Durant
#44 Dominique Wilkins
#43 Chris Paul
#42 Bill Walton
#41 Gary Payton
#40 Elvin Hayes
#39 Clyde Drexler
#38 Allen Iverson
#37 Steve Nash
#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
#23 Dirk Nowtizki
#22 John Havlicek
#21 Isiah Thomas
#20 Bob Pettit
#19 Kevin Garnett
#18 Charles Barkley
#17 Karl Malone
#16 Moses Malone
#15 Elgin Baylor