Allen Iverson is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, who last played for the Philadelphia 76ers. He also spent a season playing in Turkey.

He was an 11-time NBA All-Star from 2000 to 2010 and was named the All-Star Game MVP twice, once in 2001 and again in 2005. After he retired from the league, he was named to the 75th NBA Anniversary Team. He spent a huge chunk of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Allen Ezail Iverson was born on June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia in the United States of America. He stands 183 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 75 kg. He played shooting guard and point guard. He was raised by a single mother and was given her name after his birth father left the picture.

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.83 m / 75 kg
Born 7 Jun 1975
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Al
Team History
Beşiktaş J.K. 2010 - 2011
205 philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 2009 - 2010
209 detroit pistons Detroit 2008 - 2009
220 memphis grizzlies Memphis 2009
225 denver nuggets Denver 2006 - 2008
205 philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 1996 - 2006

Iverson has three younger siblings. Aside from basketball, Iverson also tried rap and released an album under his rap personal Jewelz.

He has had a number of legal troubles and has been arrested a couple of times before and during his NBA career. He married his high school sweetheart Tawanna Turner. They divorced in 2013. He is cousins with Kuran Iverson, a professional basketball player in the NBA G League and New Zealand.

High School and College Career

Iverson attended Bethel High School in his hometown. In addition to basketball, he also played football and was the starting quarterback. He was able to help both the basketball and football teams reach state championships. He was also named the Associated Press Player of the Year for both sports.

He received a number of college offers and decided to go to Georgetown University where he stayed from 1994 to 1996. While in college, he was named the Big East Rookie of the Year. He was also named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year twice.

Professional Career

Iverson declared for the NBA in 1996 and was the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. Chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers, he would spend 11 seasons with the team. In his first year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He was also recognized as the NBA Rookie of the Year.

He was first named an NBA All-Star in 2000 and in 2001, Iverson became the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. In that same year, he was the NBA All-Star Game MVP for the first time. He would be the All-Star MVP again in 2005. Iverson was also named to the All-NBA First Team in 2001 and 2005.

Throughout his career, Iverson would be named an NBA All-Star a total of 11 times from 2000 to 2010.

He had a fraught relationship with coaches throughout his career. In 2006, he was traded from Philadelphia to the Denver Nuggets where he played for a couple of seasons. He was later traded to the Detroit Pistons and later spent a short stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. For his final season in the NBA, he returned to the 76ers. He retired that same season.

Before retiring from professional basketball for good, Iverson spent a season playing in the Turkish Super League for Besiktas. After he retired, the 76ers retired his Jersey Number. He was also named the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Career Highlights

  • 2001 - NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 2000–2010 - NBA All-Star
  • 2001, 2005 - NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 1999, 2001, 2005 - All-NBA First Team
  • 2000, 2002, 2003 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 2006 - All-NBA Third Team
  • 1997 - NBA Rookie of the Year
  • 1997 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 - NBA scoring champion
  • 2001–2003 - NBA steals leader
  • NBA 75th Anniversary Team
  • No. 3 retired by the Philadelphia76ers

  • 1996 - Consensus first-team All-American
  • 1996 - First-team All-Big East
  • 1995 - Second-team All-Big East
  • 1995, 1996 - Big East Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1995 - Big East Rookie of the Year
  • 1993 - First-team Parade All-American

  • Basketball Hall of Fame, 2016

Medal Record, Men’s basketball, representing the USA

  • Bronze - 2004 Athens Olympic Games -Men’s Basketball
  • Gold - 2003 San Juan FIBA Americas Championship

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