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The Greatest Head Coaches for the Philadelphia 76ers

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 147

The Philadelphia 76ers were originally called the Syracuse Nationals. The team was founded in 1939 and is one of the eldest franchises within the NBA, with a much-appreciated and storied history. Twenty-two coaches have led the Philadelphia 76ers, and the top three head coaches are Alex Hannum, Al Cervi and Billy Cunningham.

No. 3: Alex Hannum (1960 - 1963 & 1966 - 1968)

Alex Hannum was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightfully so, thanks to his championship in his second stint as head coach in 1967. He coached the 76ers for a combined 402 regular-season games and an overall winning percentage of (.665). In his first stint as head coach, he won 127 games of a possible 239, and on his return, he won an impressive 130 regular season games of a possible 163. During the playoffs, his second stint - in which he won a NBA title - was much more impressive. At that time, he coached the team in 28 playoff games, winning 18 of them for a winning percentage of (.643). When he first coached the team, he managed to coach in 18 playoff games, winning 8 of them for a winning percentage of (.444).

No. 2: Al Cervi (1949 - 1953 (player/coach) & 1953 - 1956)

Al Cervi was the first head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He won the Championship with the then-Syracuse Nationals in 1955. Cervi coached the team in 495 regular-season games, which ranks third overall among all 76ers head coaches at a winning percentage of (.594). He won 294 regular season games with Philadelphia and 34 playoff games. His playoff winning percentage stands at (.567) and he coached the team in 60 playoff games. The coach is known for his relentless spirit and fighting competitiveness. He made three NBA Finals with the franchise and eight of his nine seasons as coach he brought the team to the playoffs.

No. 1: Billy Cunningham (1977 - 1985)

Billy Cunningham won a NBA Championship in 1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers. He coached the 76ers in 650 regular-season games at a winning percentage of (.698), which ranks first among all Philadelphia head coaches. He also leads that coaching list with the highest number of regular-season wins, with 454. Cunningham's playoff achievement is even more impressive than his regular season, with a leading 105 playoff games for Philadelphia. His playoff winning percentage stands at (.629), which also ranks first for all 76ers head coaches. He won 66 playoff games and again leads all other coaches for the 76ers in this category.

Billy Cunningham was the Philadelphia 76ers coach for 17 seasons and the reason for the 76ers' title in 1983. He owns every significant coaching record for the 76ers. Billy Cunningham is easily the greatest head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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