BIRTHPLACE: Hampton, VA
NBA SEASONS: 14
ALL STAR APPEARANCES: 11
Allen Ezail Iverson is one of the greatest basketball players to ever play in the NBA. Iverson played both as point guard and shooting guard, winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award in 2001. He is also an 11-time NBA All-Star; winning the All-Star game MVP twice (2001 and 2005).
verson attended and played for Georgetown University from 1994-96, twice winning the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award and setting the college's career scoring average record (22.9 points per game). He was drafted in the 1996 NBA draft and the Philadelphia 76ers selected him with their first overall pick.
Iverson had a spectacular first season in the NBA, winning the NBA rookie of the Year for the 1996-97 season. Despite his 6'0” frame, Iverson has dominated in the NBA. He is ranked as one of the most prolific scorers in history. In his 14 seasons in the NBA, he averaged an impressive regular season scoring average of 26.7 points per game, which ranks him sixth to ever play in the NBA. Iverson's scoring record in the playoffs is even more remarkable - his average of 29.7 points per game ranks behind only Michael Jordan's 33.45 points record. Iverson also won four NBA scoring titles in the 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02 & 2004-05 seasons.
Iverson led the 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals. But, despite his imposing performance for his team, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named the NBA's MVP that year, becoming the lightest (165 pounds) and the shortest player to lift the award.
Iverson also played for Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets. He was on the United States basketball team that won the bronze in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Iverson finally ended his NBA career in October 2013 and the 76ers honored him by retiring his number 3 jersey. He was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame On April 4, 2016.