6'0", 165 lbs.26.7 ppg career2.2 steals per game career.425 fg % career41.1 minutes per game career6.2 assists per gameLed league in scoring four times; one of only four players to ever do so96-97 Rookie of the Year2000-01 League MVP10-time All-Star and a two-time All-Star Game MVP…Named to a total of seven All-NBA Teams (First Team in 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2004-05; Second Team in 1999-00, 2001-02 and 2002-03; Third Team in 2005-06).Only player in NBA history to lead the league in steals in for three straight seasons (2000-01 through 2002-03)… Only player in NBA history to twice lead the league in minutes per game for three straight seasons (seven seasons overall)
― Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Friday, 29 October 2010 23:35 (ten years ago) link
I say yes. Dude was a total freak for a solid 11 years, plus an MVP pretty much guarantees you an invite to Springfield, right?
― Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Friday, 29 October 2010 23:36 (ten years ago) link
what? of course!
― Daniel, Esq., Friday, 29 October 2010 23:38 (ten years ago) link
don't see how this is even a close call.
― Daniel, Esq., Friday, 29 October 2010 23:39 (ten years ago) link
#6 all-time in PPG
― omar little, Friday, 29 October 2010 23:40 (ten years ago) link
1. Michael Jordan* 30.122. Wilt Chamberlain* 30.073. LeBron James 27.814. Elgin Baylor* 27.365. Jerry West* 27.03
(i tend to think that maybe lebron's ppg will drop several points in the end)
― omar little, Friday, 29 October 2010 23:41 (ten years ago) link
yes down to 12.7 PPG.
― Daniel, Esq., Friday, 29 October 2010 23:42 (ten years ago) link
how is this even a question
― my other display name is a random wacky phrase (dayo), Friday, 29 October 2010 23:42 (ten years ago) link
which hall of fame.
― wmlynch, Friday, 29 October 2010 23:49 (ten years ago) link
Just askin'. Lack of a ring makes it at least somewhat interesting.
― Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Friday, 29 October 2010 23:52 (ten years ago) link
as someone who grew up in philly and watched this dude on my TV for years this is an automatic lock for me. would be curious to hear cases of dissent from ppl outside philly
― my other display name is a random wacky phrase (dayo), Saturday, 30 October 2010 00:03 (ten years ago) link
He deserves the nod.
Selfishly, I want him in so I can say I played against a hall of famer in a pickup game.
― EZ Snappin, Saturday, 30 October 2010 01:11 (ten years ago) link
yes, even tho i think his game was poisonous if u wanted to win a title, thats not what the hall of fame is bout. its about true OGs of ballin.
― i think i'm big screech. samuel powers. whippin' nerds. hallelujah. (m bison), Saturday, 30 October 2010 01:13 (ten years ago) link
Iverson's achilles' heel in making the HOF is his personality. Based solely on his game and his stats, he'll make it. But there are a ton of guys who've been statistical standouts while playing on mediocre teams and later they struggle to make it into the hall, because they had an uneven reputation or they pissed people off.
― Aimless, Saturday, 30 October 2010 01:16 (ten years ago) link
― Princess TamTam, Saturday, 13 November 2010 04:46 (ten years ago) link
― Megatherium americanum (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:30 (ten years ago) link
gonna be hard to get dissent even from outside of philly, no question he belongs in the hall. blam took care of the hard numbers, which are basically untouchable. he went well beyond the "high scorer on mediocre team" stereotype into mvp territory- even a bad team with AI had a chance to win every night, and probably could have gotten a championship had they not run into one of the two buzzsaw teams of the 2000s (shaq-kobe lakers, odd-numbered-year spurs). he didn't really make his teammates better so much as force them to play at least moderately above their heads so as not to look awful in comparison to him.
on the subjective side, there must be a place for a guy who defined much of the post-jordan era: beyond the cornrows and "difficult" attitude he was as thrilling to watch play as he was in interviews. there should also be a place for the best guy under 6' ever (??) because if ai cracks 5'10 then i'm darko milicic.
― enjoy your day (agent hibachi), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 18:18 (ten years ago) link
and he just seemed terrifying to play against in the same way that guys must hate to face kobe, wade, maybe durant or ray allen on a hot shooting night now- sometimes it seemed no matter how a team played ai was just going to win out of sheer force of will.
i wonder if he played now (and was, say, 28 years old) which two stars would try to line up with him in a big three type arrangement. it's amazing to look at some of those philly rosters and see the dreck he had to work with.
― enjoy your day (agent hibachi), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 18:22 (ten years ago) link
thought we had a dedicated general purpose AI thread, but that's on ILE. anyways, this is a pretty icky read. i mean this stuff has all been around awhile or at least whispered about, but it's hard to see all this shittiness in one place
― Clay, Thursday, 4 June 2015 22:45 (six years ago) link
― Vin Jawn (PBKR), Sunday, 6 June 2021 12:59 (one week ago) link
20 years ago today and I still think about this night all the time.