We look back at some of the bigger players in the franchise’s recent history to pass the time until the 2021-22 season begins for the Philadelphia 76ers.
In this edition, we continue our focus on the 2000s and one of the team’s stars during the decade. This one will focus on a second-round pick out of the famed 2003 NBA draft who turned into one of Philadelphia’s big contributors during his time with the franchise.
Willie Green was selected by the then-Seattle SuperSonics with the 41st pick in the draft and the Sixers then acquired him on draft night for the 50th pick which turned out to be Paccelis Morlende who never played a game in the league.
Green started 211 of his 422 games with the Sixers and he turned into a solid role player on some playoff teams. His best season came in the 2007-08 season when he averaged 12.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 28.5% from deep and helping Philadelphia make a surprising run to the playoffs as the No. 7 seed.
Overall, Green spent seven seasons with the Sixers and he averaged 9.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in those seasons. He was a regular starter for Philadelphia in both the 2008 and the 2009 playoffs, but the Sixers fell in Round 1 of both of those series.
After the 2009-10 season, he was traded to the then-New Orleans Hornets as Philadelphia acquired Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila. He then signed with the Atlanta Hawks after just one season in New Orleans before joining the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons and then playing one final season with the Orlando Magic and retiring in 2015.
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