How can one describe all that is Allen Iverson?
He was a magnificent paradox: the little-man NBA superstar. Perhaps no player in NBA history packed so much talent into so small a frame. He was such a transcendent athlete (All-State as a quarterback in Virginia) that he could have succeeded in virtually any sport.
But the 6'0" Iverson chose to ply his trade on the basketball court, where height is supposed to reign supreme. Through skill and sheer force of will, he made himself into an 11-time All-Star who averaged 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game in his 13-year career, the first 10 of which came as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers are going to retire Iverson's jersey in a halftime ceremony during Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards. He will be joining quite a distinguished group of Philadelphia NBA legends, per USA Today's Jason Wolf:
Iverson will become the eighth player in Sixers franchise history to have his number retired, joining Charles Barkley, Maurice Cheeks, Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Hal Greer and Bobby Jones. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Sixers owner Josh Harris and Iverson are expected to address the sold out crowd during the ceremony. Other special guests will include Erving, Moses Malone, Dikembe Mutombo and Theo Ratliff, along with nine-time All-Star Gary Payton and former Sixers president Pat Croce.
To celebrate the man known as "The Answer", let's take a look back at his amazing career.
*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.