Who are the best players to wear a Sixers uniform this century?
To answer that question, we combed through every player since the 2000-01 season who appeared in at least 50 regular-season games as a Sixer. That eliminated names like Toni Kukoc (48 games in 2000-01), Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson (42 games) and, unfortunately, Corey Brewer (an indelible seven games last season).
We considered both overall career — accounting for factors like peak level, longevity, significant accomplishments and awards — and impact/performance as a Sixer, giving the latter more weight. It wouldn't have been fair to ignore the career of a player such as Chris Webber, but he missed the cut because of his relatively brief, uninspiring tenure as a Sixer. This certainly isn’t a scientific exercise, but the method described seemed to be a reasonable approach.
We tried to put together something resembling a 17-man roster, although the starting five is not exactly comprised of sharpshooters. Let’s say the 19-year-old versions of Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young are on two-way contracts.
He’s 23 years old and already has a Rookie of the Year award and two All-Star appearances.
As a refresher, Iverson in the 2000-01 campaign joined Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone and Julius Erving as the only Sixers to ever be named MVP. If someone decides to make this same list in 2099, he’ll be on it.
Iguodala racked up 61.2 win shares over eight seasons with the Sixers, ninth-most in franchise history. He’s also the only Finals MVP on this roster, though he of course didn’t earn the honor in Philadelphia.
Butler was the most difficult case to evaluate. While he missed out on the All-Star Game last season, he was one of the main reasons the Sixers were about as close as a team can get to the Eastern Conference Finals.
He’s the first Sixer since Iverson to be voted as a starter in three consecutive All-Star games.
The four-time Defensive Player of the Year, Hall of Famer and key member of the 2000-01 Finals team is a heck of a backup center.
A gem of a second-round pick, Williams went from a teenager sitting and watching Iverson to one of the league’s better bench scorers. He now has three Sixth Man of the Year awards, tied for the most ever, and is averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 assists this year at 33 years old.
Redick’s two-man game with Embiid was an unpredictable staple of the Sixers’ offense. The 35-year-old posted 17.6 points per game and shot 40.7 percent from three-point range in his two years here.
After Holiday’s All-Star season in 2012-2013, Sam Hinkie dealt him to the Pelicans in the Nerlens Noel trade. He hasn’t returned to the All-Star Game in seven seasons with New Orleans, though he's made a strong case on a couple of occasions.
Miller was well above average for some mediocre Sixers teams — 15.9 points, 6.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 221 contests. We’ll turn to him off the bench if we’re ever facing a smaller point guard and need a methodical post scorer.
An excellent off-ball defender and a decent, high-volume three-point shooter, Covington deserves a spot.
Young was the best player on the 2013-14 Sixers, the first team of the Process era. He was reliable in six seasons before that, providing high energy and effort both as a starter and a bench player.
He didn’t come close to living up to his big free agent deal, but Brand was good enough for Adam Sandler’s character in “Uncut Gems,” oily jeweler/degenerate gambler Howard Ratner, to implore Kevin Garnett to “step on Elton Brand’s f---ing neck.” In all seriousness, Brand exceeded 20 points and 10 rebounds per game before coming to the Sixers, and he was still a solid player, albeit overpaid, when healthy enough to play in Philadelphia.
An emotional Iverson immediately named McKie at his retirement press conference when asked about teammates that helped him during his career. The current Temple head coach wasn’t a tremendous player, but he did win the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2000-01 and clearly had a huge impact on Iverson.
Snow falls under the same umbrella as McKie, someone who didn't have the most impressive game but was a longtime teammate of Iverson’s, a valuable complementary piece and a leader.
Putting aside the fact that he received the most expensive contract in Sixers history and the expectations that come with that label — which, admittedly, is a major caveat — Harris has been good. Since ending his 0-for-23 nightmare slump from three-point territory, he’s averaged exactly 20 points per game and shot 39.1 percent from three.
The 39-year-old Korver has made the fourth-most threes in NBA history, and he’s still at it. He tied for the league lead in made threes back in the 2004-05 season, his second year as a Sixer.
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