Allen Iverson is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.
His career was marred by drama, inefficiency and the absence of a championship, but that doesn't change how great a player he was.
He gave the NBA 14 years of potent scoring and underrated playmaking. When those tasked with recognizing greatness look at Iverson, that's what they'll see.
They'll also see an embattled soul who didn't quite know when to let go. It took Iverson three years to officially retire, after all.
Trouncing that, however, was what he accomplished on the basketball court. His achievements and unbridled devotion to the game itself (not practice) were pure—they remain incorruptible. They can't be overshadowed by anything, nor will they be.
Come 2015, when Slam Online indicates he'll be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, he won't need a second chance.
He's going to get in.
Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.