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NBA Draft: Ranking the 10 Greatest No. 1 Picks of All-Time

SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Published Jun 21, 2018
Jun 21, 2018 IST

#9 Allen Iverson

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The Answer and The Black Mamba in the 2001 NBA Finals

The Answer is one of the most iconic players to ever play the game. Regarded by many as pound-for-pound the greatest basketball player ever, Iverson left a lasting legacy on the sport in 14 years playing in the NBA.

After a stellar college career for Georgetown, Iverson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first pick of the 1996 NBA draft. He was an instant success, finishing his rookie season with per-game averages of 23.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.1 steals and winning the Rookie of the Year award. He won the MVP award for the 2000-01 season, willing the 76ers to the first seed in the Eastern Conference standings and taking a game off the Kobe-Shaq Lakers in the Finals.

Through the course of his career, Allen Iverson has won several personal accolades. He has 11 All-Star game selections in total, in addition to 7 All-NBA team selections, 4 scoring titles and 3 steals titles. He was voted as the All-Star game MVP in 2001 and 2005. He was voted in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2016 along with Yao Ming and Shaquille O'Neal, and his #3 jersey was raised to the rafters by the Sixers in 2014.

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