Even a quick Allen Iverson bio is full of astonishing accomplishments in the sport of basketball. Let's take a look at this legendary point guard's rise from Hampton, Virginia to the National Basketball Association.
Allen Iverson was a powerful player even in high school. While playing for Bethel High School in Virginia, Iverson helped his team win a state championship in 1993. A decade later the school would go on to retire Allen Iverson's Number 3 jersey at a half time ceremony on February 13, 2003.
Georgetown became Allen's town. Between 1994-1996 Allen Iverson played for NCAA college team, the Georgetown Hoyas. He set an all time school scoring record of 23 points per game. His collegiate domination included Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Big East Defensive Player of the Year during both of his seasons, and a gold medal with the 1995 Basketball World University Games squad in Fukuoka, Japan with a 7-0 record. During this competition Allen Iverson also led his team in scoring, steals, and assists. And Iverson ended his college run with helping his Georgetown Hoyas win their sixth Big East regular-season championship, while again leading his team in scoring, assists, and steals.
Iverson joins the Philadelphia 76ers. Allen Iverson become the first overall selection of the Philadelphia Sixers in 1996 NBA Draft. Iverson would go on to be named the 1996-97 rookie of the year. He may have been traded to the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies, but Allen Iverson has played primarily in Philadelphia, for over ten seasons.
Allen Iverson's exciting career continues. In the 2000-01 season, Iverson became the first Sixer to be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player since Moses Malone did in 1982-83. The year of 2000 also began Allen's 10 year run as a player in the NBA All-star games, from 2000-2009; twice the MVP, and a starter nine out of these ten games. He became the fourth player to lead the league in scoring at least four times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2004-05). And between 2000-03, Allen Iverson became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in steals for three consecutive seasons. Even if Allen Iverson never wins a NBA championship, his contributions to the professional sport of basketball will be virtually impossible to forget.