On paper, it does not seem as though Allen Iverson wasted any talent whatsoever. He was an 11-time All-Star, won an MVP award, and was the league scoring champion four times. In 14 seasons, the former Georgetown Hoya averaged 26.7 points and 6.2 assists.
Yet, while he might have been a star on the hardwood, Iverson was anything but that in the locker room. Off the court, he was a clubhouse cancer.
In Philadelphia, he clashed with head coach Larry Brown on multiple occasions and went on a well-publicized rant after Brown criticized him for missing practice many times. After more clashes with the front office, including being late to the Sixers Fan Appreciation Night, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets.
He was productive in a season and a half with Denver before being traded to the Detroit Pistons, where his decline began. Injuries relegated Iverson to the bench.
After signing a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, Iverson basically quit on the team after three games stating, "I would rather retire than be a bench player." He later attempted a comeback with the Sixers that same year, and looked a shell of his former self.
That all being said, how did Iverson waste his talent? Well, despite his stats, the man's work ethic left something to be desired. Had he been committed to practicing and putting the team before himself, perhaps he would have won a few championship rings and become a true legend.
Right now, he just looks like a ballhog who could shoot well.