Happy Anniversary, Allen Iverson

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Today marks 25 years since Allen Iverson’s NBA debut. AI went on to have one of, if not the, most successful individual careers in Sixers history and is still one of the most prominent figures in Philadelphia sports.

After being drafted 1st overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Sixers out of Georgetown, Iverson stepped on the court on 11/1/96 vs the Bucks with sky high expectations; And just like The Answer typically did, absolutely shattered those expectations:

Iverson showed everyone why he was chosen first overall and did so while outperforming fellow first-rounder (and future hall-of-famer) Ray Allen.

But Iverson wasn’t just a stat-sheet stuffer. AI changed the game. With his patented crossover and seemingly endless motor, Allen paved the way for not only for the modern-day Combo Guard, but also the current swagger we see in the NBA every night.

If it weren’t for Allen Iverson, the game of basketball we know and love today would not exist.

So Happy Anniversary, Allen Iverson. And let’s hope the Sixers grant your wishes to be a bigger part of the organization moving forward because everyone can benefit from being around The Answer.

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