Julius Erving

Julius Erving

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Birthday: Feb 22, 1950

Birthplace: Roosevelt, New York, USA

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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Movies

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No Score Yet 64% Black Magic Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet NBA's 100 Greatest Plays Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 71% The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Moses Guthrie (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Game Unknown (Character) - 1979

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2013
81% 90% The Office Julius Erving (Guest Star) 2013
93% 94% Frasier Mike (Guest Voice) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Trax Unknown (Guest Star) 1994

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