Retired point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers (and many other teams), Allen Iverson was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. In my opinion, Iverson is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He re-invented the game with using the deadly crossover that left defenders frozen while trying to guard the fast point guard. Allen Iverson’s career statistics are 26.7 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, and 2.2 steals per game. With these great numbers and being extremely entertaining to watch, it is hard to dispute that he does not belong in the Hall of Fame. But will people consider him to being one of the greatest of all time? Some people agree with me, however others believe that he is not because of what he is missing.
Nowadays, people believe that there is one statistic that matters in terms of all time greatness, winning. Even though in my opinion championships are a team achievement as opposed to individual, others believe that rings showcase true talent. To them, it shows leadership, “clutchness,” and true desire to win. Looking at some of the great players in NBA history, most of them have a multitude of championships. The issue with Allen Iverson is that he does not have a single championship. Therefore, people don’t consider him a top player of all time. By simply looking at his lack of championships, one can underrate him. The situation with Iverson was that he was a great player, however played for a terrible team. In fact, Allen Iverson lead his team to the NBA Finals in 2001 against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, due to the fire power the lakers had on that team, he was outmatched and lost the series. He was not placed in a situation where he had the best team.
Even though Allen Iverson failed to win a championship, he still has had a major impact on the game.