One of basketball’s all-time greats, Julius Erving’s thrilling, high-flying style captivated millions of fans all over the world. “Dr. J”, as he became known, utilized his soft touch, precision, athleticism and leadership to guide his teams to two championships in the ABA and one in the NBA, win a total of four MVP awards and become the dominant player of his era.
Currently serving as Founder/Managing Member of Erving Global Opportunity, LLC, Erving has further distinguished himself over nearly 40 years as a business executive and entrepreneur. He holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts, in addition to honorary degrees from Temple University and Philadelphia University, and has served on nearly a dozen notable Boards of Directors.
Erving won the final three MVP awards in the ABA (sharing one with later Philadelphia 76ers teammate George McGinnis), and at the ABA’s 30th anniversary celebration he was named the league’s all-time greatest player. In the final season of the ABA, he finished in the top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks per game, free throw percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, and 3-point field goals made. He averaged 28.7 points per game in his five ABA seasons. He then played 11 seasons in the NBA, and when he retired in 1987 his combined 30,026 career points were third most of all time, putting him behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.
In 1993, Erving was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and three years later he was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1994, he was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. In 2017, GQ Magazine selected him as one of the 50 Greatest Living Athletes, a testament to his generational relevance 30 years after his playing career ended.
Erving continues to be an ambassador of the game, and brings his trademark class, discipline, leadership and focus to his role as an Advisory Board Member of the Dropping Dimes Foundation.
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