Allen Iverson

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Basketball player
Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Player information
Full name Allen Ezail Iverson
Nickname The Answer, AI
birthday 7th June 1975 (age 45)
place of birth Hampton , Virginia , United States
size 183 cm
Weight 75 kg
position Shooting Guard / Point Guard
college Georgetown
NBA draft 1996 , 1st Pick, Philadelphia 76ers
Clubs as active
1996-2006 United StatesUnited States Philadelphia 76ers
2006-2008 United StatesUnited States Denver nuggets
2008-2009 United StatesUnited States Detroit Pistons
000002009 United StatesUnited States Memphis grizzlies
000002009 United StatesUnited States Philadelphia 76ers
2010-2011 TurkeyTurkey Beşiktaş Cola Turka
National team
2003-2004 United StatesUnited States United States 18 games

Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975 in Hampton , Virginia ) is a retired American basketball player who was active in the NBA from 1996 to 2009 , most of it with the Philadelphia 76ers . Despite a comparatively small size of 1.83 meters, the fast and agile Guard is one of the best players of the 2000s .

During his career, Iverson was elected NBA All-Star eleven times and the All-NBA team seven times . In the 2000/01 season he also succeeded in winning the Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP). As the dominant scorer, Iverson led the NBA four times in points between 1995 and 2005. In 2008 he was voted number 5 by ESPN in the list of the best Shooting Guards of all time. In 2016, Iverson's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was announced.


Youth and college

Iverson was born in Hampton, Virginia, to Ann Iverson, then 15, and grew up without a father. In high school he played basketball as well as football as a quarterback for the Bethel Bruins and was considered talented in both sports. Iverson was jailed for four months due to an argument at a bowling center in which Iverson was alleged to have injured one person. After his release from prison, he played two years for Georgetown University in Washington DC After his sophomore year , he announced his move to the US professional league NBA .


Iverson was selected first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996 NBA Draft . In the chronically weak Sixers, he immediately took on the leadership role and scored 23.5 points on average, making him Rookie of the Year and appointed to the NBA All-Rookie First Team . This season he became the only rookie in NBA history to score 40 or more points in five games in a row. 1998-1999 he led the league with 26.8 points per game and qualified for the first time with the Sixers for the playoffs. Due to a dispute with trainer Larry Brown , the 76ers tried to transfer Iverson. A transfer to the Detroit Pistons failed in 2000 due to Matt Geiger .

In 2001 he was voted MVP of the season, in 2001 and 2005 the MVP of the All-Star Games . He also reached the 2001 NBA Finals with the Sixers, but where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers . In the following years, the Sixers could not build on the success. From the 2004/2005 season he moved from the position of shooting guard back to the point guard position, which he had previously only played in his rookie season. In the 2005/06 season Iverson played again after a few rather disappointing years and achieved the best points average of his career with 33.0 points per game. He also gave an average of almost 8 assists. With Andre Iguodala and Chris Webber he now had two strong teammates, but the Philadelphia 76ers still missed the playoffs.

In early December 2006 Iverson announced that he wanted to leave the Philadelphia 76ers. On December 20, 2006 Iverson was given to the Denver Nuggets along with Ivan McFarlin in exchange for Andre Miller and Joe Smith and two future first-round draft picks .

On November 3, 2008, it was announced that Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Chauncey Billups , Cheikh Samb and Antonio McDyess . The nuggets later did without Antonio McDyess. Towards the end of the regular season, Iverson had to miss further games due to a persistent back problem and announced on April 4, 2009 that he would not return for the remainder of the season. Iverson played for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009, but the contract was dissolved after a few games with mutual agreement.

On December 2, 2009, Iverson then signed a new contract with the Philadelphia 76ers , returning to the club with which he entered the NBA and with which he celebrated his greatest successes. Due to a serious illness of his daughter, he ended the season prematurely on March 2, 2010 and could not help the 76ers to get into the playoffs after they started the 2009/10 season very badly. In his NBA career, Iverson scored a total of 24,368 points and is one of the top 25 most successful NBA players in this category (as of 2018).

From October 2010 Iverson played for Beşiktaş Cola Turka Istanbul. There he only got ten missions. In January 2011 Iverson flew to Atlanta for a lower leg surgery and subsequent rehabilitation , which meant the end of the season for him. His contract with Beşiktaş was not renewed. Then Iverson had the hope of one last chance in the NBA, but with the New York Knicks he was due to the role intended for him in the team - Iverson should act as a substitute - not an agreement. Iverson also declined an engagement with the D-League club Texas Legends .

On October 30, 2013, after two years without a club, Iverson announced the end of his career. During his career, Iverson averaged 26.7 points per game, which he currently ranks 5th among non-active players in NBA history.

Iverson has been called up to the All-Star Team 11 times. He was also the best scorer in the NBA four times. In 2001, the Sixers failed at the Los Angeles Lakers in the final in five games. In 2004 he won the Olympic bronze with the USA national team .

On March 1, 2014, during the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards , his number 3 jersey was hung under the roof of the Wells Fargo Center during half-time . His number will never be assigned again by the Sixers.

In 2016, it was announced that Iverson would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


A press conference in 2002 became legendary. The 76ers had just dropped out of the playoffs, and Iverson was blamed for this due to his laziness in training. Iverson initially replied with "We're sitting here, I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we're in here talking about practice" and then went into a rage. He used the phrase “talking about practice” (German: “talking about (the) training”) more than 20 times during his angry speech. Iverson takes it with humor and self-irony that he is still associated with this speech years later. An example of this is a press conference Iverson gave in 2008 after joining the Detroit Pistons . At this one, Iverson said he would do whatever the coach tells him to do to make the Pistons successful. Then Joe Dumars , who was sitting next to him, asked him if he would train for it as well. Iverson wrinkled his nose at first, but, like all the journalists in the room, began to laugh.

Awards and Achievements


See also

Web links

Commons : Allen Iverson  - collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster # I. On: USA Basketball website; Colorado Springs, CO, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018 (in English).
  2. ^ Special Dime: Greatest shooting guards of all time - NBA - ESPN. Retrieved April 20, 2020 .
  3. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Allen Iverson. Retrieved April 20, 2020 (English).
  4. What the ?! Inside Story on Iverson's Prison Sentence from 1993
  5. ^ Geiger really kept Iverson a Sixer
  6. ^ NN: Philly-bound again: Iverson agrees to deal with Sixers. ( Memento of December 10, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  7. - Iverson for Besiktas Istanbul
  8. Ken Berger: Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure ( Memento from November 24, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  9. - Allen Iverson says he won't go D-League route to return to NBA
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  12. ^ Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Announcement. On: Hoophall website; Springfield, MA, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  13. ( Memento from May 7, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  14. - Iverson practices again