Here is a look at the five best trades in Philadelphia 76ers history. Each one of the trades listed helped to shape the landscape of Philadelphia 76ers basketball to some degree.
- 1997-98: The Sixers trade Jerry Stackhouse and Eric Montross to Detroit for forward-center Theo Ratliff, guard Aaron McKie and a first-round draft choice. Needing to get tougher in the middle, the 76ers packaged Jerry Stackhouse and Eric Montross in a trade for the Pistons' center Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie and a first-round draft choice. In his new role with Philadelphia, Ratliff blossomed into a dynamic defensive presence in the paint and was named the starting center for the Eastern Conference in the 2001 All-Star Game.
- 2006-07: The 76ers trade Allen Iverson and Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith, and two first-round draft choices. Whenever you trade an elite star-caliber player, such as Allen Iverson, it is difficult to get equal value in return. That being said, Iverson forced the 76ers' hand and was dealt with Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two 2007 first-round draft choices (which the Nuggets parlayed for Jason Smith, Derrick Byars and cash). Miller spent three seasons with the 76ers with averages of 15.6 ppg and 6.8 apg, as well as two playoff appearances during that time.
- 2000-01: The 76ers acquire Dikembe Mutombo and Rashawn McLeod from the Atlanta Hawks for Theo Ratliff, Nazr Mohammed, Toni Kukoc and Pepe SanchezWith the 76ers playing some of their best basketball under head coach Larry Brown, Philadelphia decided to go all-in in hopes of capturing a championship with the acquisition of aging center, Dikembe Mutombo. Starting center Theo Ratliff along with Nazr Mohammed, Tony Kukoc and Pepe Sanchez were dealt to the Atlanta Hawks for Mutombo and Rashawn McLeod. The move paid off for the 76ers, who reached the NBA Championships that season. While they ultimately fell short of their championship goals, losing the series 4-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers, the trade for Mutombo worked out quite well for Philadelphia.
- 1964-65: The 76ers acquire Wilt Chamberlain from the San Francisco Warriors for Paul Neumann, Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer and cash. A year after the Philadelphia Warriors headed west to become the San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia was awarded another team, the 76ers. One of the 76ers first moves was to bring back heralded big man, Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain. To obtain Chamberlain's services, the 76ers offloaded Paul Neumann, Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer and cash. The package was a small price to pay for someone as talented as Chamberlain. During his second stint in Philadelphia, Chamberlain collected two MVP awards and led the 76ers to a championship in 1967.
- 1976-77: New owner Fitz Eugene Dixon purchases Julius Erving from the New York Nets. The 76ers best franchise trade was not even a trade at all, but rather a savvy business move by owner Fritz Eugene Dixon. Following a lackluster season, Dixon pulled the trigger on a deal that netted the 76ers Julius Erving from the New York Nets for cash. The Nets, who were dealing with leaving the ABA and the mounting costs of entering the NBA, offloaded the talented Dr. J for nothing more than a few zeros on a check. The rest is history.
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