When people talk about great scorers what names do you hear? Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Wilt Chamberlain. Yes, I know that list can be debated but the name you don’t hear come up that much anymore is Allen Iverson.
Allen Iverson was a born scorer, playing for Georgetown averaged over 22 points a game. Iverson was the NBA scoring champion four different times. He averaged over 30 points a game for five different seasons. For those of you who think this guy is just a ball hog and he just takes a lot of shots and doesn’t get anyone involved that’s not quite the case. The years he averaged 30 plus points he also averaged eight assists a game too. All those stats, can be compared to Kobe Bryant, the man who is supposed to be the next Jordan. If Iverson was so good in scoring, how come he doesn’t have the same amount of rings that Jordan or Bryant has?
Iverson, never had the type of teams that Kobe and Jordan had. The year that Iverson went to the championship there was no one other than Iverson that could put up 10 points consistently. Iverson wasn’t afforded Shaq like Kobe had. Shaq was the big man of the time period that Kobe was in his prime. Those two together produced championships. Iverson was never surrounded by a good supporting cast like Kobe or Jordan. Sound familiar? Lebron James! Lebron left before he played out all of his good years however.
Iverson went through several legal troubles, which I can understand will take a man’s mind from the game. I believe that is the big reason why Iverson phased out towards the end of his career. But I also think that he just wasn’t afforded some of the luxuries like other great players. He was looked at as a crook, being judged by his braids and they even made a rule against his crossover. To companies he wasn’t the right type to market to the public.
Iverson unfortunately had his career fade away faster than his crossover. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a great player and it doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be considered for the Hall of Fame. Can someone please shine the light on Allen Iverson?
The Sportologist is and NBA writer for The Sports Blitz.