4 Time Scoring Champion, 1996-97 Rookie of the Year, 2000-01 Most Valuable Player, 11 All-Stars in 13 seasons and of course, a Hall of Fame inductee. That’s Allen Iverson, one of the most talented players to ever lace them up and set foot on an NBA court.
Being a gifted athlete since his high school days, the polemic guard took the league for assault since coming out of jail to be drafted 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming a prolific scorer, an incredible handler and a more than a capable playmaker.
Averaging 26.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 dimes and 2.2 steals in over 13 years, “The Answer” was one of the most exciting players in the entire world during his prime, and he’s one of the main responsible for the league’s popularity nowadays, introducing a “thug” look that even made the league establish a dress code for players.
Sadly, due to some misconduct and lack of discipline, as well as a good supporting cast around him, Iverson was never able to win a Championship, although he almost single handily did so when he lead the Sixers to the finals against Kobe, Shaq and the Lakers.
Still, we believe his playing style would definitely fit in any single team nowadays as well, so we’re going to imagine where he could thrive the most if he was still active and in his prime.
5. Boston Celtics
Even Iverson himself has established some very encouraging comparisons between him and Isaiah Thomas, as both guards are incredible ball handlers and scorers that just won’t back down from bigger guys that try to contain them.
And, with that kind of backcourt, who could actually stop the Celtics? Of course, some defensive issues would appear, but considering how fast paced the league is nowadays, they would just completely dominate the tempo and average over 60 combined points per game.
4. New Orleans Pelicans
Perhaps Jrue Holiday, Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are still not enough to make it in the fierce Western Conference, but adding Iverson into the mix would definitely take them the next step towards Championship contention.
Iverson was a monster in the Pick and Roll, and having two incredibly skilled big men in both the Brow and Boogie would be something terrifying for every team in the league, and with Holiday running the offense and him playing off the ball and constantly cutting, this offense would just be unstoppable.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George’s addition is definitely a move in the right direction for the Thunder, that is desperately looking for a better support cast for the defending MVP, Russell Westbrook, another guy that’s often been compared with Iverson despite being way more athletic and not as good as a shooter as Allen was.
Of course, some of you may believe this couple of ball hoggers would stop the flow of the game, but considering how incredibly competitive, fast and strong both guys are, this would definitely be the best offensive backcourt in the Association, even better than the Splash Brothers.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
Could you just imagine Kyrie and Iverson on the same backcourt? With Allen handling the playmaking duties and Irving playing off the ball at the 2, the Cavs would definitely be way more suited to try and contain the Golden State Warriors.
And, having LeBron, Irving and Iverson in the same squad would be just a beauty to watch on isolation, and defenses wouldn’t be a handle to handle that much pressure, with all those guys being a huge threat on their drives and constant cuts.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
And last but not least, we have to go with the team where he thrived the most, his beloved Philadelphia 76ers that are finally done with tanking after putting together one of the most exciting squads for the foreseeable future in the Association.
Markelle Fultz, Allen Iverson, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid all playing together would be just beautiful to watch, and with all this youth around him, they would definitely be the most dominating team in the Eastern Conference for many years to come, finally putting and end to LeBron James’ supremacy in the East.