Name at birth: Julius Winfield Erving II
Julius Erving was a high school and college basketball star, nicknamed "The Doctor" and "Dr. J" known for his flamboyance and skill on the court. He came out of the NCAA averaging over 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. Erving left college to play professionally in the now-defunct American Basketball Association, where he was one of the most gifted players and one of the biggest draws at the box office. After five years with the ABA, Erving joined the NBA and played another eleven years for the Philadelphia 76ers, helping them to win a championship in 1983. He retired in 1987, having scored more than 30,000 points in his career.