Philadelphia 76ers Logo – Philadelphia 76ers a team basketball of the NBA based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1939, but entered the NBA ten years later, playing in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and compete for their home games at the Wells Fargo Center. Throughout its long history, the 76ers have been 11 division titles, 5 conference and have been NBA champions twice with the current name (1967 and 1983) and one under the name of the Syracuse Nationals (1955). Its name refers to the date of the Declaration of Independence of the United States (1776).
The 76ers franchise is the oldest in the NBA. Began in 1939 under the name of Syracuse Nationals as a professional basketball team. In 1946, joined the National Basketball League, becoming the team further east in a league of teams predominated by middle-eastern U.S. Was owned by immigrant Italian Danny Biasone, and in his first season after finishing with 21 victories and 23 defeats, gained access to the play-offs, where they were killed by their northern neighbors, the Rochester Royals in 4 games.
After another season in which they were again beaten to the first change in the playoffs the following year he became a player Dolph Schayes, with which it first achieved a positive balance at the end of the regular season, winning 40 of the 63 Regular league games. After passing the first round of playoffs, eventually succumbing to Anderson Duffey Packers in 4 games. In 1949, the Nationals, along with seven other teams in the NBL merged with the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA.
His first season in the big league could not be better as they reached the NBA Finals, falling defeated by Minneapolis Lakers, who had in its ranks with players like George Mikan, Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen. The following year team performance was not as good in the regular season, finishing with 32 victories and 34 defeats, in fourth place in the AL East. But on reaching the playoffs were transformed, defeating the favorite, Philadelphia Warriors 2-0 in the conference semifinals, eventually falling to the New York Knicks in 5 games in the conference finals, losing by two points in the fifth and final party. In 1955, the Nationals (led by Dolph Schayes) won the championship at last.