When Was the Last Time the Sixers Won the NBA Finals?

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers pursuit for an NBA Championship starts on Saturday when the team begins their series against the Toronto Raptors.

The Sixers are paced by MVP candidate Joel Embiid and former MVP James Harden, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers are loaded with talent and will look to navigate the Eastern Conference playoff bracket in order to grab their first NBA Championship in nearly 30 years.

When was the last time Philly won an NBA title? Before we breakdown their chances of going all the way in 2022, let's go back and find out.

When Was the Last Time the 76ers Won an NBA Championship?

The Sixers last won an NBA Championship in 1983 with stars Julius Erving and Moses Malone leading the charge.

The team swept the Los Angeles Lakers to win their third NBA Championship, but hasn't been able to since. They appeared in the 2000 NBA Finals, losing to the Lakers with Allen Iverson's MVP campaign coming up short in pursuit of a title.

Now, the Sixers are in a similar position as 2001 with Embiid playing at MVP levels, but with more talent than Iverson had as Harden comes with a ton of individual accolades. The team also has a former championship coach in Doc Rivers as well as a star young guard in Tyrese Maxey.

76ers Odds to Win the Eastern Conference, NBA Championship, Eastern Conference

Philadelphia is currently +400 to win the Eastern Conference and +1200 to win the NBA title at WynnBET Sportsbook. As the No. 4 seed in the East, bettors are beginning to become wary of the Sixers chances of winning a championship with Harden looking like a shell of his former self since getting traded to Philly.

The team fell out of contention for the No. 1 seed in the East and ended up in the 4/5 matchup against a tough opponent in the Raptors. You can check out our series preview here, but the Sixers will be playing half of this series short handed with Matisse Thybulle ineligible to play in Toronto due to the vaccine mandate.

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