Allen Ezail Iverson is a former professional basketball player. He was known for his prolific scoring and excellent ball-handling ability, as well as his off-court antics, including his infamous “practice” rant and his short-lived rap career.
He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996, and won rookie of the year in his first season. He’d go on to play 11 seasons in Philly (1996-2007), before being traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he’d play for three seasons (2007-2009). He’d also play for the Memphis Grizzlies, before returning to Philly for his final NBA season.
In 2001, Iverson led the 76ers to the NBA finals, where they ultimately lost to the Kobe and Shaq led Lakers. Iverson would not return to the finals, thus ending his career without an NBA championship. Despite this, Iverson’s career was far from lacking when it came to accolades, which includes:
Iverson retired from the sport in 2013, and had his number three jersey retired by the 76ers' franchise that same year. He’d later be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2016.