Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson,Andre Iguodala and the Sixers' All-Decade Team
Over the past decade, the Sixers have had their ups and downs. In the early decade they had one of the top rosters in the Eastern Conference, but once Allen Iverson left, they began to drop off immediately to a "middle of the pack" type of team.
But even though they may have dropped off, that doesn't mean there was zero talent. In fact, the Sixers have had a lot of good players come and go through the years.
So this slideshow is dedicated to the greatest Sixers of this decade—the ones who put on a show for Sixers fans and played a huge part to the 76ers with their time.
PG Allen Iverson
Stats as a Sixer: 28.3 PPG, 6.8 APG
A man who could score at will, one of the most fun to watch players of all time and my favorite player ever to wear a Sixers uniform.
Allen Iverson is said to be one of the greatest and most "fun to watch" athletes to play the sport. The way he took over games was amazing; his game screamed, "Give me the ball, and I'll put it in the net."
Some may say he was cocky, but it was a trait that fit him well. He and everyone else knew he was good and knew he could tear it up on the basketball court. So, why not speak the truth?
Allen Iverson led the Sixers to an NBA Finals appearance in 2001 for the first time since 1982. He literally put the team on his back along with head coach Larry Brown and went to the Finals.
Unfortunately they did lose, but it was to an unstoppable duo of Kobe and Shaq.
Even though he did not win a championship with the Sixers, he made the Sixers contenders for five straight years (this was without a great supporting cast).
Iverson won the MVP award in 2001, and 11-time All-Star and a four-time scoring champion.
In his prime, Iverson could do anything and this was playing in an era where the big men were dominant.
In 12 seasons as a Sixer, Iverson proved he was one of the greatest to ever play the game. And despite a bad separation, he will always be remembered for the great things he accomplished on the basketball court.
SG Eric Snow
Stats as a Sixer: 10.2 PPG and 6.9 APG
Eric Snow began his career with the Sixers in 1998 and was the shooting guard for the Sixers when they made their run for a title in 2001.
Snow played alongside A.I and they worked very well together. Obviously Iverson was the bulk of the scoring, but Snow had one of his best years of his career that season.
He was averaging about 10 points and over seven assists per game. It wasn't a surprise to see him record a double-double in both categories some games.
He played as a complement to Iverson for his entire career as a Sixer and did a good job of it.
The Sixers traded Eric Snow in 2004 to the Cavaliers, where Snow retired, but he still hasn't left Philly. He is now a commentator for the Sixers.
SF Andre Iguodala
Stats As a Sixer: 15.7 PPG, 4.8 APG, 5.8 RPG
Andre Iguodala was drafted ninth overall by the Sixers in the 2004 NBA draft.
In his rookie season, Iguodala averaged just under ten points and about five rebounds per game. He earned a spot on on the All-Rookie First Team that year (and also won the Rookie Challenge MVP during the All-Star Break).
When Iverson left, the team fell into the hands of Andre Iguodala. Over the years he has adapted to become almost the leader of the team.
The first year Iverson was not present, Iguodala had the best season of his career, averaging about 20 points and five assists and rebounds per game.
Iguodala is doing a great job this year with the Sixers at being the facilitator. He is no longer trying to be the leading scorer, but instead he is making the offense run through him, flourishing in the transition game and complementing everyone.
PF Chris Webber
Stats as a Sixer: 15.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG
Now before you start to hammer for this, listen to my explanation first.
Even though Chris Webber got a lot of heat from fans, he really wasn't as bad as people made him out to be. Just take a look at his stats.
Webber had a short stint with the Sixers, but he wasn't that bad and was our best power forward this decade. Granted, he wasn't as good as he was in Sacramento when he came to Philly, but isn't that what we are witnessing in Elton Brand?
Webber was traded here from the Kings in exchange for Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure we got the better end of the deal despite the heavy contract.
Webber was hammered for not doing a good job in his first year, even though he was learning a new offense. Plus, he still averaged just under 16 points and about eight rebounds per game, yet he was still receiving criticism.
During the the 2005-2006 season, Webber averaged over 20 points and about 10 rebounds per game. Why isn't he recognized for this?
Webber's career as a Sixer was short, but no power forward on the Sixers this past decade has done a better job than him.
C Samuel Dalembert
Stat as a Sixer: 8.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG
It felt weird not to see Samuel Dalembert in a Sixers uniform this season. But what is most ironic about this situation is that everyone wanted him out of Philadelphia—but where's the ironic part?
Now what are they lacking?
That's right—a defensive center.
Dalembert was a very streaky player for the Sixers. His inconsistency is what really frustrated the fans most, but his defensive presence was huge.
He wasn't around for the run at the Finals, but instead he came the year afterward. 2005 was Dalembert's best season where he was averaging ten and ten per game.
Dalembert was traded this past offseason to the Kings for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni. Nocioni barley sees any playing time and Hawes has struggled at center this season.
But regardless, Dalembert was the best center the Sixers had this decade.
The Sixth Man, Aaron McKie
Stats as a Sixer: 9.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.3 APG
Aaron McKie deserves this spot hands down over anyone else. His stats may seem below average, but McKie really played a big part in the run to the Finals in 2001 (he just so happen to win Sixth Man of the Year Award that year).
That season McKie averaged almost 12 points, five assists and four rebounds per game. His name is usually forgotten behind Iverson's, but he played an important role.
Like I stated earlier, McKie's stats seem to be below average, but they are misleading. McKie didn't start many games as a Sixer. But if you look at his stats per 36 minutes, he averages double digit points almost every year. He played well and took advantage of his playing time.
McKie ended up retiring and decided to be an assistant coach for the Sixers. However it was not for long because he was re-signed by the Lakers. But, McKie is now the assistant coach yet again and is hoping for this team to win.
Aside from Iverson, he stuck with the team the longest.
Bench Andre Miller
Stats as a Sixer: 15.6 PPG 6.9 APG
Andre Miller found his way here from the Denver Nuggets via the Allen Iverson trade.
He was here for the late part of the decade for only two and a half seasons, but he was quite good with the Sixers and deserves to be on this team.
Miller obviously was no Iverson, but he did do a good job here. Miller was a pure point guard who could also find a way to score.
In his best season with the Sixers, Miller averaged 17 points and just below seven assists per game (he also helped bring them to the playoffs that same year).
Miller left when he became a free agent when he was signed by the Portland Trailblazers.
Bench Kyle Korver
Stats as a Sixer: 11.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG (excluding his rookie season)
Kyle Korver had (and still does) a great three point shot. Korver was pretty much just a pure shooter for Iverson to dish the ball out to.
In almost every season with the Sixers, Korver 3 point percentage was over .400 which is very good.
In the 2007-2008 season, the Sixers sent Korver to the Jazz and he is now a three point specialist for the Bulls, playing alongside one of the best players in the league today.
Bench Willie Green
Stats as a Sixer: 8.9 PPG
Willie Green spent seven season with the Sixers starting back in 2003 after being drafted in second round from University of Detroit Mercy (yes, that's a real college).
There isn't much to say about Green other than the fact that he was primarily a bench scorer for the Sixers and a solid defender.
He didn't receive a lot of playing time, but that was his role with the team.
Green was recently traded this past offseason to the New Orleans Hornets.
Bench Thaddeus Young
Stats as a Sixer: 12.4 PPG, 5 RPG
Thaddeus Young has been a great bench player for the Sixers this season. Statistically, it's not his best year, but he has only received one start this season.
However if you really look at it, Young is playing great in the minutes that he sees. Young averages over 17 points and just under eight rebounds per 36 minutes.
He has also been a great tool for Doug Collins to use this season because he is expendable to play at the three or four slot. Young has improved throughout his short career and his living up to potential.
He isn't a superstar, but is a highly serviceable starter and a great player to have come off the bench.
Young has started off his career strong and finds himself in small contract conflict with the Sixers. Either way, they need to re-sign him because he has proved to be a great asset to this team. Hopefully, Young will finish his career here because all of the fans love him and he's doing a great job.
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