This last week basketball legend and culture icon, Allen Iverson, was inducted into the 2016 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction of The Answer comes as no surprise due to the ability and flat out scoring ability Iverson displayed throughout his career with the 76ers and Nuggets. Iverson will join NBA Finals counterpart Shaquille O’Neal in joining the Hall of Fame.
The Hampton, Virginia native Allen Iverson was not only a dominate high school basketball player but also dominate in football as well by leading both of the Bethel High School teams to state championships. After his high school career longtime Georgetown Hoyas coach John Thompson offered Iverson a scholarship and after two seasons of amazing scoring, Iverson became the first player to leave Georgetown early under Thompson. Iverson was selected number one overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the illustrious 1996 NBA Draft, a draft that included Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen. Iverson played 10 seasons with the 76ers that in the middle of that run included an MVP and a NBA Finals appearance against the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2007, the 76ers dealt Iverson to the Nuggets after Iverson had averaged his highest scoring average of 28 points a game and second on their all-time scoring list. Iverson played with the Denver Nuggets for two seasons teaming with all-star Carmelo Anthony. In 2013, Iverson officially retired from basketball although he hadn’t played in a few years and later that year the 76ers would retire his number three. Iverson, often called “The Answer,” ended his career with 11 all-star appearances, an MVP, and his 26.7 scoring average ranks sixth all time. Although his playing days had numerous basketball heroics, something that most that grew up watching him will attest, Iverson was a culture icon as well. Iverson is the model of hero ball and played the game harder than most could even think about and that is why so many grew to love Iverson.
This last week Allen Iverson, The Answer, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame along with others. Iverson’s induction is not a surprise to anyone considering his enormous contribution to the league and his identity as a culture icon. The smallest number one overall pick will go down as not only one of the greatest scoring two guards to ever play the game but one of the most recognized stars the NBA has ever seen.
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