Ben Simmons now has registered two of the five best assist average seasons in Sixers history
Ben Simmons now has registered two of the five best assist average seasons in Sixers history|Matt Slocum (Associated Press)
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Thursday Quickie Quiz & Vintage Digits - Ben Simmons, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Maurice Cheeks and a whole bunch of Johnsons

Vol. 3, No. 9

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> Who was the player traded in 1975 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Milwaukee Bucks to Los Angeles in exchange for the Lakers’ Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman?

(Answer Below)

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VINTAGE DIGITS

>>> SIXERS

Assuming the 2019-20 NBA regular season is complete, Ben Simmons’ assist average will go down as the fourth best in Sixers’ history, barely surpassing his average from two seasons ago.

Highest assist/game by a Sixers player in a season:

9.18 . . . Maurice Cheeks, 1985-86

8.56 . . . Wilt Chamberlain, 1967-68

8.44 . . . Maurice Cheeks, 1981-82

8.19 . . . Ben Simmons, 2019-20

8.16 . . . Ben Simmons, 2017-18

8.04 . . . Maurice Cheeks, 1987-88

8.01 . . . Jrue Holiday, 2012-13

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>>> NBA

The six Finals won by the Chicago Bulls are the only Finals in NBA history without an Eastern Time Zone team competing.

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>>> SIXERS

If the 2015-16 Sixers (10-72) were in the Western Conference, they would have finished 63 games behind the Golden State Warriors (73-9).

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>>> NBA

Twelve of the 13 NBA Championship Teams from 1978 to 1990 had at least one player with the last name of Johnson appear in the Finals.

Here is every Johnson to play for a Finals winning team in NBA history:

1951 . . . Rochester Royals (Arnie)

1975 . . . Golden State Warriors (*Charles, George)

1978 . . . Washington Bullets (*Charles)

1979 . . . Seattle SuperSonics (*Dennis, John)

1980 . . . Los Angeles Lakers (Magic)

1982 . . . Los Angeles Lakers (Clay, Magic)

1983 . . . Philadelphia 76ers (Clemon, Reggie)

1984 . . . Boston Celtics (*Dennis)

1985 . . . Los Angeles Lakers (Magic)

1986 . . . Boston Celtics (*Dennis)

1987 . . . Los Angeles Lakers (Magic)

1988 . . . Los Angeles Lakers (Magic)

1989 . . . Detroit Pistons (Vinnie)

1990 . . . Detroit Pistons (Vinnie)

1999 . . . San Antonio Spurs (Avery)

*Charles and Dennis are the only Johnsons to win titles with two different NBA teams.

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Who was the player traded in 1975 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Milwaukee Bucks to Los Angeles in exchange for the Lakers’ Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman?

Answer:

> Walt Wesley

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