The Philadelphia 76ers retired Allen Iverson‘s No. 3 jersey during his ceremony in front of a packed house of 20,856 fans including Sixer greats, Julius Erving and Moses Malone. Iverson was one of the most elite point/ shooting guards of the modern era, and many would agree that Iverson changed the culture of the NBA during his height as one of the best in the league. From his tattoos, braided hair, and embracing of the hip hop style and culture, Allen Iverson helped set a style and trend that continues today among players in the NBA.
Iverson was also one of the toughest players in the league and he never shied away from the competition as he performed at the highest level night in and night out. Although Iverson never won an NBA title, he was the 2001 NBA MVP and lead the Philadelphia 76ers to 2001 NBA finals where they unfortunately lost the series 4-1 to a tough Los Angels Lakers team consisting of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
Iverson enjoyed his most successful season as an member of the the Sixers during the 2000–01 NBA season. His career unfortunately took a turn in the opposite direction as the Sixers suffered disappointing regular season winning records along with early playoff exits. Iverson then found himself playing for several teams in the league (Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Detroit Pistons) only to find himself returning back to the Sixers in 2009. As a member of the Sixers, Iverson was paid $1.3 million dollars – the minimum salary for players with at least 10 years of experience. He failed to complete the remainder of the season, citing the need to attend to his 4-year-old daughter’s health issues. Iverson arguably finished his career on a bad note for the team in which he began his professional career – the Philadelphia 76ers.
Overall, Iverson will be remembered as a Sixers legend, yet a complicated player who took the league by storm during the prime of his career. While many would argue that his attitude had an adverse effect on the longevity of his NBA career, he will certainly be remembered as one of the most offensively feared players in the league and is sure to be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer.