Allen Iverson will be one of the ten individuals to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this upcoming September. Iverson never won an NBA championship but he’s a one-time NBA MVP, an 11-time All-Star, a former Rookie of the Year and a four-time scoring champion. Let’s take a look at the top five moments of his legendary NBA career.
The Step Over
The single-greatest shot of Allen Iverson’s career happened during the Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers were heavy underdogs heading into the series, but Iverson lifted his team to a 107-101 OT victory.
“The Step Over” at the expense of Tyronn Lue highlighted Iverson’s 48 points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals. However, the Lakers won the next four games to lift their second consecutive NBA championship.
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Allen Iverson became the shortest MVP winner in NBA history back in 2001. He averaged 31.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the season. He led Philadelphia to a 56-26 record and a trip to the NBA Finals.
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The Crossover on MJ
“The Answer” was the bridge that connected Michael Jordan’s final years to Kobe Bryant’s prime years. Iverson was the star of the early 2000s with his style of play as well as his iconic tattoos and cornrows. Many of the current basketball players idolized him growing up.
In his rookie year during the 1996-97 season, Iverson was able to hit a jump shot over MJ after crossing him over. It signaled the arrival of the new era of basketball in the NBA.
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Dropping 52 points vs. the Raptors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals
The Sixers and the Raptors were tied 2-2 heading into Game 5. Iverson has just presented his MVP trophy when he exploded for 52 points, seven assists and four steals to help Philadelphia win the game and take a 3-2 lead.
It was his second 50-point performance of the series, scoring 54 points in Game 2. He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to score 50 points twice in a playoff series.
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‘We Talkin’ About Practice?’
“We’re not even talking about the game… the actual game, when it matters… We’re talking about practice,” Iverson said during a press conference in 2002. “The Practice” rant may be the most infamous interview in NBA history with Allen Iverson mentioning the word “practice” about 20 times.
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