It’s the summertime in the NBA so now is the time to learn some history. The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the older franchises in the NBA with their history spanning back to the 1949-50 season.
With that much time under their belt in the NBA, they have had hundreds of players come through and make an impact on the City of Brotherly Love.
With it being the offseason, now is a time to go through some of that Sixers history. In this edition, Sixers Wire looks at the No. 42, which has been worn by 12 players in the history of the franchise.
This is a running series that will go through all of the uniform numbers worn in franchise history.
The previous edition of this series was a list compiling the four players who have worn the No. 43.
Here is the list of those 12 players who have worn No. 43 in Sixers history:
Haliburton lasted only two seasons in the NBA and he played 31 games for the Sixers in the 1972-73 season after starting off the season in Atlanta. H averaged 9.5 points and 2.6 rebounds for Philadelphia.
Rackley played only nine games for the Sixers and he averaged 2.0 points and 2.4 rebounds. Philadelphia waived him early in the 1973-74 season.
Catchings played in 372 games across five seasons for the Sixers before being traded to the then-New Jersey Nets and then joining the Milwaukee Bucks (he’s with the Bucks in the photo above). He averaged 3.0 points and 5.0 rebounds with Philadelphia.
Bantom played in 43 games with one start in Philadelphia and he averaged 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds donning the No. 42 uniform for the Sixers.
Gminski was a very productive player for the Sixers during his time in Philadelphia. He averaged 14.9 points and 9.0 rebounds in 240 games, starting 239 of them, and was a reliable player night in and night out.
Williams played in 212 games across five seasons for the Sixers and he averaged 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds for Philadelphia. He wore No. 42 initially before switching his number to 55 for the Sixers as well before he was sent to the Bucks in a deal.
Stackhouse was an offensive master to begin his career in Philadelphia. He averaged 19.2 points as a rookie and he averaged 19.5 points with the Sixers overall. He didn’t exactly mesh with Allen Iverson and he was then traded to the Detroit Pistons where he became an All-Star.
Ratliff appeared earlier on these lists when he wore No. 50 in the 2008-09 season for the Sixers. In his initial stint, he wore No. 42 and he averaged 3.2 blocks to go along with 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in three seasons. Philadelphia sent Ratliff to the Hawks for Dikembe Mutombo in the 2000-01 season on their way to the finals.
Hamilton played in 46 games in the 2003-04 season and averaged 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds wearing the No. 42. The 2003-04 season was a mostly forgettable one for the Sixers as it was filled with drama and adversity.
Randolph played in three seasons with the Sixers and he averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. He mostly provided some hustle plays for Philadelphia when they really needed them.
Brand is now the team’s general manager, but before his time in the front office, he was a member of the Sixers. Coming off All-Star appearances with the Los Angeles Clippers, Brand signed the “Philly Max” with the Sixers in the 2008 offseason, but he was unable to repeat his All-Star production due to a variety of injuries. He averaged 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Sixers as a player.
Horford spent one tumultuous season in Philadelphia before he was moved to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Sixers were hoping they were getting an All-Star, but instead, things couldn’t work with him, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons and he averaged 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. He is now back with the Boston Celtics.