PSWA Webmaster/ December 20, 2016/ 2017 Banquet

The 1966-67 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, arguably the best team in NBA history, will be honored on the 50th anniversary of that season by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at the PSWA’s 113th annual banquet Friday, Feb. 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.

The banquet is open to the public and tickets are available here or by calling 267-546-7277.

The Sixers, coached by Alex Hannum that season and led on the court by center and league MVP Wilt Chamberlain, finished 68-13, the best record in NBA history at the time. This squad was one of the highest-scoring teams in NBA history, averaging 125.2 points per game with a starting lineup of Chamberlain, power forward Luke Jackson, small forward Chet Walker, shooting guard Hal Greer and point guard Wali Jones. Forward Billy Cunningham was the sixth man.

On their way to the championship, they interrupted the Boston Celtics’ dynasty by defeating them in five games before taking out the San Francisco Warriors in six for the title. Four members of that team became members of the Hall of Fame – Chamberlain, Cunningham, Walker and Greer. Coach Hannum was also named to the Hall as a coach.

The 1966-67 Sixers are the latest honorees who will be attending the big gala at the Crowne Plaza. Another 50th anniversary will be celebrated when several Flyers captains from their history will be saluted. One of those captains, Eric Lindros, will accept the Living Legend award. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who set several rookie records in 2015-16, will be on hand as the association’s Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year.

The Villanova Wildcats, who won the NCAA men’s basketball championship, will be honored as the Team of the Year , while Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen, the radio voices of the Phillies, will receive the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award for their outstanding work.

There are more honorees to be announced as the big night draws near.