I've got two words for you Philly. Allen Iverson. Iverson was perhaps one of the best players in Philadelphia 76ers history. When a player leads you to your only Finals appearance if the decade, and averages 27.1 points over his career, you know he is something special.
Iverson had many famous moments while sporting the black, and red. There was the crossover against Michael Jordan, there was the dominance of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the 2001 Finals, and then there was the game against the Orlando Magic where he scored his career high, 60 points.
Iverson was a player that gave his all to the 76ers, and represented the fans of Philly on the court. He was a guy that was willing to work to make himself better, and played through pain that people might need surgery for.
No matter how big and tough the opposing teams big men were, Iverson kept driving to the lane to dominate the team. He may have taken a lot of shots to get his points, but it worked.
Now, on to the hard part of this discussion. Has anyone ever considered that AI might be a bust compared to the rest of the guys in his draft? Think about it, Kobe Bryant, he has already won four championships while he has not even turned 30 years old yet.
Steve Nash is regarded as one of the best field generals of all-time. He was a back to back MVP winner.
Iverson may have won an MVP award himself, but he never helped his team the way Bryant and Nash did. They made their teammates better, while AI only lead his team to the Finals, only to hog the ball too much to get his teammates involved.
Regardless of the facts, Philly fans know that AI was a great player, and the best thing that ever happened to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft day.