Julius Erving

American basketball player (1950–)

Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950) is a retired American basketball player. He went to Roosevelt High school.[1] He is best known by the nickname Dr. J. Other nicknames include The Doctor and J. W. Erving. Erving helped create the modern style of basketball. Jumping and playing above the rim of the basket became a more important part of the game.

Julius Erving
Erving with the Philadelphia 76ers
Personal information
Born (1950-02-22) February 22, 1950 (age 74)
East Meadow, New York
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolRoosevelt (Roosevelt, New York)
CollegeUMass (1968–1971)
NBA draft1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1971–1987
PositionSmall forward
Number32, 6
Career history
19711973Virginia Squires (ABA)
19731976New York Nets (ABA)
19761987Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points18,364 (22.0 ppg)
Rebounds5,601 (6.7 rpg)
Assists3,224 (3.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006



Erving was the best known player in the American Basketball Association (ABA) when it joined with the NBA in 1976. He won three championships and four Most Valuable Player Awards. He scored the most points in the league three times. He did it while playing with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

He is the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history. He scored 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was the only player to have been voted Most Valuable Player in both the ABA and the NBA. Erving was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1993, he was added into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Many think that Erving is one of the best basketball players ever. [source?]He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line. He was one of the best dunkers of all time. His best known dunk was the "slam" dunk. Since then, this move has become a regular term in basketball and is felt by most the be a basic part of the game. He is also credited with making the "cross-over" dribble and the "no look" pass a part of the game.


  1. "Julius Erving Biographie".