Allen Iverson has said on his twitter that the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and the Charlotte Bobcats are all teams that he is interested in signing with. And with reports coming out of ESPN, among other media outlets, that Iverson is getting close to a deal, it makes you wonder which of these three teams are going to take a chance on the fallen superstar.
While the Knicks and Heat are interesting scenarios for Iverson, I think that there is a definitive answer to the question of where Iverson should sign, and that answer is the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Charlotte Bobcats are one of the best defensive teams in the game which is to be expected from a Larry Brown coached team. They do a fantastic job of playing team defense and making it difficult for the opposing team to score on them and that was the reason that the Bobcats almost managed to make their first playoff appearance in franchise history last season.
However, despite their excellent defensive play, the Bobcats are missing a player that can be the focal point of their offensive scheme. They have some very good complimentary pieces on offense in players like Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw, but they lack that one player that can take over a game offensively.
Cue Allen Iverson.
Say what you want about Iverson as a person or a player, but there is no mistaking his ability to score the basketball and for a team that is hard up for scoring, his offensive capabilities could prove to be invaluable. He is terrific at slicing through defenses and drawing contact on his way to the rim. To put it simply, he is one of the most dynamic scorers that the NBA has ever seen.
On any given night he is capable of an offensive explosion and going off for 40-50 points, and on a team that is as defensively sound as the Charlotte Bobcats are, these kind of scoring outbursts could very well be the difference between a win or a loss.
Having Iverson on the team will open things up for his teammates though, and Iverson has shown in the past that he is more than capable of setting up his teammates with easy buckets. When Iverson is at his best he is putting the pressure on opposing defenses with his relentless attacking of the rim and this opens up plenty of opportunities on the outside for his teammates.
People are quick to point out the flaws in Allen's game and say that he is washed up, but in 2007/08 Iverson scored 26.4 points per game and 7.1 assists per game. He also shot a career best 45.8 percent from the field. With him having a season like that such a short time ago, I can't help but think that Iverson still has it and if he is put in the right situation, he can rejuvenate his stalled NBA career.
Allen Iverson experienced his best years as an NBA pro when he was surrounded by defensive players and had the ball in his hands on the offensive end and was making plays. The Charlotte Bobcats are a defensive oriented team and built in the same mold as the Philadelphia 76'ers that Iverson led to the playoffs earlier in the decade and I can't help but notice the similarities between the two teams.
No coach has gotten more out of Allen Iverson than Larry Brown. Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, has stated that Iverson would be happy to play under his former coach, and Larry Brown has not once indicated that he wouldn't be willing to reunite with Iverson. Could a reunion be in the works?
With the Charlotte Bobcats being a fantastic defensive team coached by Larry Brown that is in need of a focal point on the offensive end of the floor, signing Allen Iverson would be a perfect answer to not only Allen's questions, but the Bobcats playoff questions as well.