Focusing on Famous Philadelphia Athletes: Allen Iverson

Home to the nationally famous Spike’s Trophies where you can get all your sports ribbons in PA, Philadelphia is also home to the NBA’s 76ers. Beginning from when he was drafted by them (first overall in 1996) to when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets ten years later, Allen Iverson was the talk of the town for a decade. Listed at the limited height of six feet tall (short by the NBA’s standards) Allen was the ultimate underdog. Although off the court he found himself in some precarious situations, on the court he was an absolute stud. Here is a list of SOME of his accomplishments:

Drafted 1st Overall
– Shortest player ever to be taken first at 6’ tall

NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
– Broke the rookie record of three straight games with at least 40 points set by Wilt Chamberlain. Allen had five straight games with 40 points, one of which he had 50.

11-time NBA All-Star (out of 14 seasons)
– 2 time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)

3 time All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)

3 time All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002, 2003)

Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2016

The Philadelphia 76ers retired his number 3 jersey

The 2000-2001 Season

That season, Allen Iverson did just about everything – well, almost. Elected as a starter on the All-Star team at the midway point of the season, Iverson helped lead the Eastern Conference to victory, earning him the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

The 76ers finished the regular season atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 56 wins and 26 losses. Allen averaged, then a career best, 31.1 points per game for first in the league for the second time thus far. He also averaged a league-high 2.5 steals per game. All of this and more earned him the Most Valuable Player award, becoming the shortest and lightest player to do so.
In the playoffs, the 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, and the Milwaukee Bucks to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, this is where the Cinderella story comes to an end. Up against the star power of the Los Angeles Lakers, namely Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Sixers were no match.

One of the best to ever lace them up, Allen Iverson played right here in Philly, home to Spike’s Trophies where we have all you need when it comes to ribbons and awards in PA. Please check out the rest of our site to see our entire lineup of apparel and request a quote. If you have any questions, visit us in store, or call us at 855-652-4030.