Julius Erving

Julius Erving ascended to rarified air in the 1970s as a high-flying superstar of the upstart American Basketball League, then the NBA, as he defined the small forward position and went on to become an archetype of ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1950 in Roosevelt, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Fathers of the Sport 2014 (Movie)

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The Office 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goose 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

On The Shoulders of Giants 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

NBA at 50 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1996 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual NBA All-Star Game 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

History of the NBA 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Athletes -- Fact and Fiction 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 (Movie)

Moses Guthrie (Actor)

Biography

Julius Erving ascended to rarified air in the 1970s as a high-flying superstar of the upstart American Basketball League, then the NBA, as he defined the small forward position and went on to become an archetype of style and class for the sport. Nicknamed "Dr. J," Erving filled up score sheets as a lithe, 6'6" forward for the University of Massachusetts before leaving school in 1971 to join the ABA's Virginia Squires. His dynamic aerial drives to the bucket began garnering real attention in 1973 when he was traded to the ABA's major market jewel, the New York Nets. Becoming a rare breakthrough star in a sport with marginal mainstream appeal at the time, he led the Nets to two titles and garnered three scoring titles and MVP Awards. With the 1976 ABA/NBA, he moved to the Philadelphia 76ers, whom he made a perennial NBA power, but the team came up short in epic battles with rivals the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Erving finally helped bring the NBA title to Philly in the 1982-83 season, but, with the aging team's fortunes declining, the Doctor retired in 1987, having scored over 30,026 points in his pro career, a feat achieved by only four other players. One of those rare talents who periodically alters how a sport is played, Erving leapt well outside the fundamentals to bring spontaneous, balletic artistry to the game and presage later talents such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

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