Position: Small Forward College: Massachusetts ABA draft: 1971, Undergrad Free Agent, Virginia Squires Pro career: 16 seasons Hall of Fame: Pro Basketball Naismith Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a former American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim.
Erving helped legitimize the now-defunct American Basketball Association, and much as some players are considered "the team," Dr. J was considered "the league." He was the main asset of the ABA when it merged with the National Basketball Association after the 1976 season.
Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles while playing with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He is the fifth-highest scorer in professional basketball history, with 30,026 points.
Erving was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team and has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Many consider him among the most spectacular basketballers ever, and one of the best dunkers along with Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, and Dominique Wilkins. His signature dunk was "the Tomahawk."