HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #38 Allen Iverson

 Iverson wants the answer

The Answer is not easy to assign. He poses a unique challenge, a player beloved by many, who stood as a totem for both the league on the floor, and the culture of the game off the court. He scored a ridiculous amount of points and yet none of those baskets resulted in a Championship. There are those who would argue he was a ‘chucker’ and those who would argue he was a gunner who didn’t have the right gang behind him. Although I personally believe the now infamous 01 Sixers were much better than given credit, he was the lead dog on a less than stellar Finals team. In most people’s eyes winning game one in the 2001 Finals, against a vastly superior Lakers squad marked the pinnacle of Iverson’s career.

Regardless of how you feel about Iverson; whether it be his controversial contributions, his impressive accolades, and less than impressive team accomplishments he was a polarizing figure who helped define the game we all love. For that alone he will be remembered far, far, far into the future. The Hall is calling Mr. Iverson.

The Resume:

First Overall Pick 1996 – Philadelphia 76ers

11x All-Star

7x All-NBA

4x Scoring Champ

2x All-Star MVP

MVP

 

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Shane Young (21).

The Barn Burner: Josh Eberley (Did not Rank).

How did the other guys rank Iverson: Brian Geltzeiler (25), Jacob Noble (28), Lang Greene (35), Matt Drappel (38), Justin Rowan (38),  Marc Griffin (39), James Holas (40), Robert Littal (41), Justin Termine (41), Justin Salkin (45), Adi Joseph (48), and Will Reeve (48)

 

Iverson and Melo

 

#37 Tuesday, September 1st.

 

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Contributors:

Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

 

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

#43 Chris Paul

#42 Bill Walton

#41 Gary Payton

#40 Elvin Hayes

#39 Clyde Drexler

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