Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rolling a Seven, One Foot at a Time

A look at the Sixers' all-time seven-footers.

Rolling a Seven, One Foot at a Time


Once he sets foot on the basketball court this fall, Andrew Bynum will become the 18th player listed at 7-foot (or taller) to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

And while the club has employed the greatest 7-footer in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain), the rest of the tall cast runs from the reliable (Dikembe Mutombo) to the curious (Manute Bol) to the mundane (Primoz Brezec).

Consider: If Bynum’s teammate Spencer Hawes plays in all 82 contests this season, he’ll become just the third of those 18 to appear in 200 games for the Sixers.

Here are those 7-footers with the date they came to the Sixers and their career averages with the club:

 Player  Hgt.   Date Acquired      Pts.  Reb.  FG% 
 Wilt Chamberlain  7-1  Jan. 15, 1965   277    27.6    23.9    58.3% 
 Mel Counts  7-0  Oct. 10, 1972 1.4  2.3  31.3% 
 Steve Hayes  7-0  March 19, 1985  11  2.0  3.1  55.6% 
 Christian Welp  7-0  June 22, 1987 82  3.6  2.6  46.2% 
 Manute Bol  7-7  Aug. 1, 1990 215  1.8  3.6  39.7% 
 Shawn Bradley  7-6  June 3, 1993 143  9.7  7.5  43.6% 
 Eric Montross  7-0  June 27, 1997 20  3.4  4.6  39.5% 
 Benoit Benjamin  7-0  March 11,1998 20  3.4  3.1  50.0% 
 Matt Geiger  7-1  Jan. 21, 1999 154  9.9  5.8  44.7% 
 Todd MacCulloch  7-0  June 30, 1999 161  4.8  3.2  55.0% 
 Stanley Roberts  7-0  Oct. 19, 1999 2.0  3.0  31.3% 
 Dikembe Mutombo   7-2  Feb. 22, 2001 106  11.5  11.2  49.9% 
 Steven Hunter  7-0  Aug. 12, 2005 139  6.3  4.4  58.8% 
 Jason Smith  7-0  June 28, 2007 132  4.0  2.8  44.6% 
 Primoz Brezec  7-1  Aug. 5, 2009 0.7  1.7  15.4% 
 Francisco Elson  7-0  Feb. 18, 2010 0.7  0.3  40.0% 
 Spencer Hawes  7-1  June 20, 2010 118  8.0  6.2  47.4% 
 Andrew Bynum  7-0  Aug. 10, 2012 —  —  —   
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