Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies) during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Iverson was an eleven-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005, and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001.
Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia and was a dual-sport athlete. He earned the Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both football and basketball, and won the Division AAA Virginia state championship in both sports.After high school, Iverson attended Georgetown University for two years, where he set the school record for career scoring average (22.9 points per game) and won Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards both years.
Following two successful years at Georgetown, Iverson declared eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft, and was selected by thePhiladelphia 76ers with the first overall pick. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1996–97 season. Winning theNBA scoring title during the 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, and 2004–05 seasons, Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, despite his relatively small stature (listed at 6 feet, 0 inches). His regular season career scoring average of 26.7 points per game ranks sixth all-time, and his playoff career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan. Iverson was also the NBA Most Valuable Player of the 2000–01 season and led his team to the 2001 NBA Finals the same season. Iverson represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning thebronze medal. He also played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies, before ending his NBA career with the 76ers during the 2009–10 season.
He was rated the fifth-greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008.
Iverson officially announced his retirement from professional basketball on October 30, 2013. In November 2013, the 76ers announced that they would officially retire Iverson’s number 3 in a special halftime ceremony on March 1, 2014 when the Sixers hosted the Washington Wizards. The ceremony took place in front of 20,000 spectators and 76ers greats such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and former team president Pat Croce.
Career highlights and awards
NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
11× NBA All-Star (2000–2010)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)
3× All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002, 2003)
All-NBA Third Team (2006)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (1997)
4× NBA scoring champion (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005)
3× NBA steals leader (2001–2003)
7× NBA minutes leader (1999, 2002–2004, 2006–2008)
No. 3 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
Consensus first-team All-American (1996)
First-team All-Big East (1996)
Points 24,368 (26.7 ppg)
Rebounds 3,394 (3.7 rpg)
Assists 5,624 (6.2 apg)
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens United States
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan United States
Gold medal – first place 1995 Fukuoka United States