Why Allen Iverson Will Be the Most Dominant Player of the First Round

Sean StancillSenior Writer IApril 19, 2008


Many in the NBA have already written Denver off as a 1 and done team thanks to their first round opponents the Los Angeles Lakers. Writers, Columnists, analysts, even Sir Charles Barkley joined in on the fun calling Denver the ''Most Dissapointing team in the league''. What a title to have the walk around with. Even after their franchise's best season since the 1970's, the Nuggets are garnering no respect. But they have all forgotten one thing, one man, that will hold a great importance to this 7 game series.

Allen Iverson.

Just that name is enough to send shivers down the back of the Eastern Conference. A.I. will soon be keeping Kobe and Phil Jackson up at night wondering what; if only I would've called the double team. 

Yes its true, the Lakers defeated the Nuggets all three times they played this season, but as usual, in those games Iverson came to play.

Lets look at how he fared against the Los Angeles Lakers in the regular season

32 PPG, 7.0 APG, 3.0 RPG, and SPG 1.67 on 50% FG shooting

Truly exceptional. 

He's also torched the Lakers in the playoffs before. Let's not forget that Allen is battle tested and did lead a offensively challenged Philadelphia Sixers team to the 2000-01 NBA Finals. Allen faced a much tougher Los Angeles team, that featured a young Shaquille O'Neal, a even younger Kobe Bryant, and a young Robert Horry. Anyway, look at the damage done in the series that the 76ers eventually loss in 5 games (4-1).

Allen Iverson Vs the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000-01 NBA Finals 

35.6 PPG, 3.8 APG, 3.1 RPG, and 1.8 SPG, in the 2000-01 NBA Finals 

To summarize, The Answer has a career playoff average 30 PPG, 2.1 SPG, 6.1 APG, and 3.9 RPG

Believe me Allen Iverson will come to play, and he will dominate the Los Angeles Lakers and anybody that stands in his way.

The only question is who's going to guard him?


The official writer of the Denver Nuggets Sean Stancill.