The 76ers Under Comcast-Spectacor

The highest: Dikembe Mutombo holds up the trophy after the 76ers won the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.
The highest: Dikembe Mutombo holds up the trophy after the 76ers won the Eastern Conference finals in 2001. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 08, 2011

Here are some of the team's highlights - and lowlights - since Comcast-Spectacor, with Ed Snider as team chairman and Pat Croce as team president, purchased the 76ers from Harold Katz on April 24, 1996:

1996-97: Allen Iverson was drafted No. 1 overall, won the MVP award at the all-star rookie game, set an NBA rookie record in April by scoring 40 or more points in five consecutive games, and was named NBA rookie of the year.

1997-98 Larry Brown was named coach, replacing Johnny Davis.

1998-1999: After a lockout delayed the season until January, the Sixers made the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, and Iverson won the NBA scoring crown.

1999-2000: Iverson became the first 76er to be voted a starter for the Eastern Conference all-star team since Charles Barkley in 1992. The Sixers lost in six games to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals but set average and total attendance records.

2000-01: The Sixers started the season 10-0, and general manager Billy King traded for center Dikembe Mutombo. They clinched their first Atlantic Division crown since 1989-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals against the Lakers. They pulled out a victory in Game 1 but fell to Los Angeles in five games. Iverson won league MVP honors, Brown was coach of the year, Mutombo was defensive player of the year, and Aaron McKie won sixth man of the year.

2001-02: The Sixers started off 0-5 but earned their fourth straight playoff appearance. They lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

2002-03: The 76ers won their first 10 home games, their longest streak to begin a season since 1966-67. But they lost to Detroit in the conference semifinals, and Brown resigned in May 2003.

2003-04: Randy Ayers was named coach but was replaced by Chris Ford in February 2004. The Sixers missed the playoffs.

2004-05: Jim O'Brien was named coach and Chris Webber was acquired. Forward Andre Iguodala became the team's first rookie to start on opening night since Speedy Claxton in 2001. The Sixers met Brown and the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs and lost in five games.

2005-06: Maurice Cheeks replaced O'Brien as coach, but the team missed the playoffs.

2006-07: On Dec. 12, 2006, Iverson was traded with Ivan McFarlin to Denver in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and two future first-round picks. But the Sixers missed the playoffs again.

2007-08: Ed Stefanski replaced Billy King as general manager in December 2007. The Sixers lost to Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.

2008-09: Tony DiLeo replaced Cheeks as coach, and the Sixers lost to Orlando in the first round of the playoffs.

2009-2010: Eddie Jordan took over as coach for DiLeo, but the Sixers missed the playoffs. Rod Thorn joined the team as its new president.

2010-11: Under new coach Doug Collins, the Sixers made the playoffs but lost to Miami in five games.

Source: 76ers

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