A list of the top 10 assist leaders in Philadelphia 76ers franchise history

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With the doldrums of the offseason here in the NBA, now is the time to look back on history and acknowledge some greats in Philadelphia 76ers franchise history before looking ahead to the excitement of a new season.

In this edition, we look at some of the best passers in Sixers history: the guys who led the team on offense making sure everybody is in the right position so the offense can run smoothly.

Most of the players on this list are point guards, but some are bigger players, and some focused mostly on scoring while out on the floor. Here is the list of the top 10 assist leaders for the Sixers:

1. Maurice Cheeks: 6,212

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Cheeks has his No. 10 jersey hanging from the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center after a decorated career with the Sixers. The Hall of Famer made an All-Star game four times in his career, and he helped the team win a title in 1983. He averaged 7.3 assists in his 11-year career in Philadelphia.

2. Hal Geer: 4,540

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Greer also has his No. 15 jersey hanging at the Wells Fargo Center, and he helped the franchise win a title in 1967. He spent the entirety of his 15 seasons with the Sixers, and he averaged 19.2 points and 4.0 assists as scoring was his main focus for this team.

3. Allen Iverson: 4,385

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Much like Greer, Iverson was known more for his scoring than his passing skills, but when he had to get his teammates involved, he did. He ended up averaging 6.1 assists for his career with the Sixers, and he won a league MVP in 2001 while guiding the team to an NBA Finals appearance.

4. Julius Erving: 3,224

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Erving was also known more for his scoring than his assists, but played long enough to compile a ton of assists in his career in Philadelphia. He averaged 22.0 points and 3.9 assists in his career with the Sixers, and he guided the team to a title in 1983.

5. Dolph Schayes: 3,072

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Schayes led the Syracuse Nationals -- the franchise's name before they became the 76ers in 1963 -- to a title in 1955. As the team's big man, he averaged 18.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his 15-year career with the Sixers.

6. Andre Iguodala: 2,991

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Iguodala was a do-it-all forward in his eight seasons in Philadelphia. He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists and led the team to a handful of playoff appearances while being named an All-Star in 2012.

7. Eric Snow: 2,965

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Snow was a solid point guard during his time with the Sixers. He was not a flashy player, but he could be counted on to get the ball to Iverson and the other scorers. He averaged 9.7 points and 6.6 assists during his time in Philadelphia.

8. Larry Costello: 2,901

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Costello spent 10 seasons with the Nationals, and he was named an All-Star six times. He was a part of Philadelphia's 1967 NBA title team. He was also named to the All-NBA Team in 1961. He averaged 12.9 points and 4.7 assists while with the Sixers.

9. Billy Cunningham: 2,625

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Cunningham was a big part of Philadelphia's 1967 title team, and he was named an All-Star four times in his career. He averaged 20.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists with the Sixers on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

10. Paul Seymour: 2,335

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Seymour, who is No. 5 in the photo above, spent 11 seasons with the Nationals, and he averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 assists with the franchise. He was a part of the 1955 NBA title team as he helped Schayes get the job done.

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