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The Georgetown product was named Rookie of the Year after being selected as the top pick in one of the most talented Draft classes (1996) ever. His instant offense that season included a stretch of five straight games with at least 40 points, a league record for a rookie.
Iverson’s most notable moment as a rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers came on March 12, 1997, when he executed an iconic crossover on Michael Jordan. His quick first step, superior ball-handling and flashy crossovers would become a staple of his game.
As a nightly supplier of 31.1 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals, Iverson won the league MVP award in 2001. He also won the All-Star Game MVP that same season and again in 2005.
Iverson, also known as “The Answer”, carried the 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals against the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers. Despite falling short in the series, Philadelphia handed L.A. its only loss of the postseason due to Iverson’s legendary performance in Game 1. He scored a game-high 48 points and nailed a clutch baseline jumper over Tyronn Lue before memorably stepping over him.
Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets following 10 seasons with Philadelphia. He averaged 24.8 points and 7.1 assists in his first season with the Nuggets, appearing in all 82 games. Iverson spent the final years of his career with the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies but returned to the 76ers for one season to cap his NBA career.
Iverson retired with a playoff scoring average of 29.7 points per game, the second-highest mark in NBA history behind Jordan.
The 11-time All-Star won four scoring titles (1999, '01, '02, '05) and led the league in steals three times. He ranks seventh all-time with 26.7 points per game. His 24,368 total points are the 25th most in NBA history. Iverson tallied the second-most points (19,931), third-most assists (4,385) and second-most steals (1,644) in 76ers history.
A cultural icon, Iverson is widely regarded as one of the most influential NBA players ever. From tattoos to basketball sleeves, the Virginia native is credited for being a catalyst in how players authentically expressed themselves.
Iverson’s No. 3 jersey was retired by the 76ers. His remarkable career culminated with an induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.