Allen Iverson is a professional basketball player who is known for his exquisite ball-handling abilities. Known for his flawless scoring, Iverson won many accolades in the NBA and was inducted into NBA’s 75th Anniversary team.
Allen Ezil Iverson was born in Hampton, Virginia. His mother was 15 when Iverson was born. Ann Iverson gave her maiden name after his father, Allen Broughton, left her.
He attended Bethel High School and played football. He played multiple positions on the team before turning to Basketball during his school days. Excelling in both games, Iverson led both teams to Virginia state championships. He was the Associate Press High School Player of the Year award for football and Basketball.
Later Iverson played for the Georgetown team and won the Big East Rookie award in 1995. In his second and final season at Georgetown in 1996, Iverson led the team to a Big East championship. They lost in the NCAA tournament finals, but Iverson’s defensive game handed him the Big East Defensive Player of the Year award.
After a very positive recruitment rating, Allen Iverson was declared for the NBA draft in 1996. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Making his early impact in the league, Iverson won the NBA Rookie of the year averaging 23.5 points per game. Iverson remained a focal point of Philadelphia’s offense. Allen Iverson won four scoring titles in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2005.
Nicknamed “The Answer”, Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. Iverson won the regular season MVP award in 2001, leading the team to the NBA Finals, but lost to Los Angeles Lakers.
After the departure of 76ers’ coach Larry Brown – Iverson’s production took a huge hit. He moved to the Denver Nuggets team, joining hands with another scoring champion Carmelo Anthony. But the collaboration didn’t fructify as expected, and after 2 season’s stay, Iverson moved to the Pistons.
After a season’s stay with the Detroit team and later with the Memphis Grizzlies, Iverson returned to Philadelphia as his last NBA team.
Iverson finished his career with the Besiktas team in Turkey. After retirement in 2011, Iverson even played for 3’s company in the inaugural season of BIG 3.
Allen Iverson played in three teams during his 14 seasons in the league. His Philadelphia 76ers stay, in the early period, is considered his best years, where he achieved most of his personal success.
Iverson was known for his ball handling and explosive offense. He set many records playing for the Philadelphia side.
He was drafted as the first overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, becoming the shortest player to be drafted in the league.
Allen Iverson played in 912 regular season games and averaged 26.7 points per game. This is the 8th All-time highest average in NBA history. Playing in 71 playoff games, Iverson averaged 29.7 points, the third-highest in the history of the NBA.
In his Rookie season, Iverson had five consecutive games with 40 or more points, setting a new rookie record in the league.
The NBA megastar and Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson has a net worth of around $1 million in 2023. Iverson has earned more than $150 million from his NBA salary, while he has a lifetime deal with the Reebok contract. Iverson also had numerous endorsements during his playing career.
Born to Allen Broughton and Ann Iverson, the NBA star has 3 other half-siblings. Allen Iverson married Tawanna Turner married her at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, New Jersey, in 1991. She was his high-school girlfriend. The pair have five children. Tawanna and Iverson were separated after their divorce was finalized in 2013.
Iverson was rumoured to be in a relationship with rapper Da Brat, but that didn’t last long.