Julius Winfield Erving II, known by the nickname “Dr. J”, helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. Erving helped legitimize the now defunct ABA where much as some players are considered “the team,” Dr. J was considered “the league.” He was the most well-known player in the ABA when the ABA-NBA merger joined it with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1976 season.
Erving won three championships, four MVP Awards, and three scoring titles while playing with the ABA’s Virginia Squires and New York Nets and NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He retired as the third leading scorer in professional baseball history, with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He is well-known for slam dunking from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests.
Erving was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team and in 1993 was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. Many considered him among the most spectacular basketball players ever, and one of the best dunkers. His signature dunk was the “slam” dunk, since incorporated into the vernacular and basic skill set of the game, in the same manner as the “cross-over” dribble and the “no look” pass.
He is the New York Times bestselling author of “Dr. J- The Autobiography”. Dating back to 1979, Mr. Erving’s business affiliations have generated close to 2.5 billion in revenues and brand value for high profile and corporate clientele. Over the years, Julius has made numerous personal appearances and has been involved with marketing campaigns and product endorsements including the 2013/2014 Crown Royal “Reign On” campaign.