Erving, Julius

Erving, Julius

(ûr`vĭng), 1950–, American basketball player, b. Roosevelt, N.J., known as "Dr. J." An excellent shooter, rebounder, and ball-handler, he played for the American Basketball Association's Virginia Squires (1971–73) and New York Nets (1973–76) and for the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers (1976–87). He led the ABA in scoring three times (1973–74, 1976) and was named most valuable player four times (ABA, 1974–76; NBA, 1981). With 30,026 career points in both leagues, he ranks third on the all-time scoring list. A spectacular leaper, Erving was the first leading practitioner of the "air" game later exemplified by Michael JordanJordan, Michael Jeffrey,
1963–, American basketball player, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. As a freshman at the Univ. of North Carolina, he made the shot that won the 1982 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament final over Georgetown.
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. Since leaving the court Erving has been a successful business executive, a television sports analyst, and an executive with the Orlando Magic.

Erving, Julius (Winfield)

(1950–  ) basketball player; born in Hempstead, N.Y. One of basketball's greatest and most acrobatic players, he gained national attention while playing for the University of Massachusetts. He played forward for the American Basketball Association (ABA) Virginia Squires and New York Nets (1972–76), and for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Philadelphia 76ers (1977–87). His combined ABA and NBA lifetime points scored (30,026) is third best in history. Nicknamed "Dr. J," he was an All-NBA first team selection six times.