Allen Iverson Biography

Nicknamed "The Answer", Allen Iverson is one of the greatest guards of his generation and one of the most prolific scorers in the history of basketball. He has played his whole career with the Philadelphia 76ers and has been fundamental to the development of the team over the past decade. His efforts have not been without reward as he has made it to number 53 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA players of all time. At 31 he his now a veteran of the game and is a certain inductee to the NBA Hall Of Fame after he retires.

Iverson was born 7th June, 1975 in Hampton, Virginia and was given his mother's maiden name - "Iverson", rather than his father's, Broughton. At school he excelled at both football (as a quarterback) and basketball but would focus solely on basketball after High School.

He had planned to go to College but he nearly didn't make it after he became involved in an altercation at a bowling alley with a group of white youths where he was alleged to have a hit a woman in the head with a chair. He was sentenced to 15 year imprisonment with a 10 year suspension which was later overturned on appeal. This was not the only time that Iverson would be involved with the law. In 1997 he was arrested and charged for carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of marijuana for which he was sentenced to community service.

His legal issues behind him, he went on to attend Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he played for the Hoyas before leaving after his Sophomore year to the NBA draft.

It was now 1996 and he ended up as first overall pick for the Philadelphia 76ers who he has played for ever since. Having played out the whole of his career with the 76ers he is joined only by Kobe Bryant (who has played for the LA Lakers since he was drafted back in 1996) and Kevin Garnett who has spent his 11 year playing career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Over this 10 year period he has remained the leading scorer for the team averaging 23.5 points per game in his first season and averaging 28.0 points per game over his whole career. Here he trails behind Michael Jordan by only 2.1 points per game. His prolific scoring has led to him being 4-time NBA regular-season leader, with 26.8 points in 1999), 31.1 points in 2000, 31.4 points in 2002 and 30.7 points in 2005. He achieved a career-high on February 12, 2005, when he scored 60 points against Orlando Magic and despite his critics who call him a ball hog he looks set to remain the 76ers leading points scorer for some years yet.

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