Dr. J is center of attention, earns MVP award

Updated: May 21, 2002, 3:35 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 27, 1981

Julius Erving, the Philadelphia 76ers' high-flying forward, becomes the first non-center to win the MVP award in 17 years. The 31-year-old Dr. J averaged 24.6 points, eight rebounds and 4.4 assists in leading the 76ers to a 62-20 record, tied with the Boston Celtics for the best in the NBA.

"He was alive again this season," says Kevin Loughery, the new coach of the Atlanta Hawks. "He was the Dr. J of old, the one I saw and coached in the old ABA. He was a lot wiser, ...

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