Allen Iverson Still a Free Agent?

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Allen Iverson Still a Free Agent?
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I usually write about the Toronto Raptors, but I decided to write about something that if you suggested to anyone a year ago, they wouldn't think that it was possible. How the f**k is it that Allen Iverson still a free agent?

  This is a player that averaged these numbers last year, which was an off year: 

  Year GP GS MinPG FG% 3P% FT% Stl Blk TPG RPG APG PPG
  2008-09 57 53 36.7  41.7%  28.3% 78.1%  88 6 2.6 3.0 5.0 17.5

                                                                                             (courtesy of tsn) 

His career averages are:

GP  GS  MinPG FG% 3P%    FT% Stl     Blk  TPG  RPG  APG PPG

886 877 41.4   42.5% 31.3% 78%  1964 162  3.6     3.7     6.2  27.1

 

27.1 points a game.  27.1! (Kobe's is 26.8)  Here is a guy who is not past his prime and  can still be an effective player in the right environment.  So let's see which teams would be the best fit for A.I.:

Charlotte Bobcats:  This is probably the best team for Iverson to join.  Charlotte has a lot of good defensive role players but no go to guy who can create off the dribble.  Also, Iverson would only be paid the mid-level exception, so he would not be too expensive for the conservative spending Bobcats.  As well, Iverson would help make basketball relevant again in Charlotte and would sell out the stadium and sell a lot of merchandise. Score: A

Miami Heat:  First of all, it is unlikely that Iverson would accept the bi-annual exception to play with the Heat.  Also, he would have to be a 6th man, something he is not willing to do.  If they tried to put him it the backcourt with Wade, it wouldn't work as well because both are volume shooters who play a similar game.  Score: D

New York Knicks:  The Knicks are waiting for 2010, but Allen Iverson would make this team an instant contender for the 8th seed.  For Iverson, the one year contract could help him prove to the league that he isn't washed up.  Score: B

L.A Clippers:  Why?  The Clippers are already paying Baron Davis a lot of money to be their point guard and have made the trade for Telfair for depth at the PG.  At the SG they have a young player with a lot of potential in Gordon, and A.I. would only stunt his growth as a player.  Score: C-

Memphis Grizzlies:  A.I. would make Memphis a competitor for the eighth seed in the West, but won't happen for a number of reasons.  They have already said they are committed to Mike Conley, and have a nice core between Conley, Mayo and Gay.  It also wouldn't work because they already have three players who demand a lot of touches in Randolph, Mayo and Gay.  Score: C

Philadelphia:  I know that this probably won't happen, but I think it would be a great fit and make them pretty much a lock for the playoffs.  The Sixers are strong in their frontcourt, but their backcourt is very weak.  As well, they do not have a player other than Iguodala than can create off the dribble during the dying minutes of the fourth quarter (with Miller being gone), and even he would be better driving to the rim than shooting mid range shots. Score B+

Toronto Raptors: A dream I know, but imagine how many points we could score with Calderon, Iverson, Turkoglu, Bosh and Bargnani.  Now there would be no defense and every game would be 130-128, but it would be one exciting team.  Score: N/A

      *I am new here, so any advice about writing styles, word selection, and grammar would be greatly appreciated.  Oh and feel free to give your opinion on where Allen Iverson should end up too.

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