Hal Greer, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Syracuse Nationals/76ers franchise during a Hall of Fame career, earned yet another accolade when the Sixers unveiled a statue in his honor on Saturday at their practice facility in Camden.
"I think it is great and I really appreciate it and it is wonderful," Greer said after a brief ceremony, where Sixers coach Brett Brown, general manager Bryan Colangelo and local basketball icon Sonny Hill spoke on his behalf. "You look at the face and it looks like me."
Greer, 80, was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history at the start of the 1996-97 season. The 6-foot-2 Greer averaged 19.2 points and scored 21,586 points for his career that ended in 1972-73. He shot 45.2 percent from the field and 80.1 percent from the foul line for his career.
Now Residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, the 10-time NBA all-star was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1982. He was named second-team all-NBA seven times.
Greer attended Marshall University, where he was school's first black player. He was a center at Marshall, but became one of the sweet-shooting NBA guards. Known for his distinctive jump-shot free throw, Greer said he developed that though constant repetition.
"I had a key to the gym at Marshall and I would invite some of the players over on a Saturday when we had nothing to do and take over the whole floor and just play," he said.
During his career, Greer also stood out in the postseason, averaging 20.4 points in 92 playoff games.
Greer was part of one of the greatest teams in NBA history, the 1966-67 champion Sixers, who went 68-13. He was second on the team to Wilt Chamberlain (24.1 ppg.) in scoring, averaging 22.1 points. Greer also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 38.8 minutes.
The other top scorers on that team were Chet Walker (19.2 ppg.), Billy Cunningham (18.5 ppg.), Wali Jones (13.2 ppg.) and Luke Jackson (12.0 ppg.).
The Sixers beat the Cincinnati Royals, three games to one in the first round of the playoffs and then knocked off the eight-time defending NBA champion Boston Celtics, four games to one in the next round.
During the NBA finals, the Sixers won the best of seven series over the San Francisco Warriors in six games.
In 15 playoff games that season Greer averaged 27.7 points in 45.9 minutes per game. During the NBA finals, Greer averaged a team-high 26.0 points along with 8.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists.