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Allen Iverson is revered as one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time, as the career of the little shooting guard has left a significant mark on other players in the league. Known for his impeccable ball handling and marksmanship, Iverson terrorized the league with his talent for several years.
In this article, we look at his contribution to the game of basketball after he left the NBA.
This is what the career of Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson looked like after the NBA
Allen Iverson played his last NBA game against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls and eventually lost the game. He then signed a two-year deal with Turkish Besiktas and signed a $4 million contract. Iverson made his debut for Besiktas in 2010, losing 91-94 to Serbian Hemofarm in the European Cup. Besiktas took part in the Euro Cup, the second division of European basketball, a notch lower than the Euro League.
Allen Iverson ended up playing just 3 games for Besiktas, averaging 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He also averaged 1.7 steals per game that season, showing that he still had fast hands. Iverson shot 60% from center that season, scoring three points every 1.7 tries per game.
Allen Iverson eventually had an eventful career with the Eastern Conference giant Philadelphia 76ers, including a trip to the NBA Finals against the LA Lakers. Iverson was phenomenal in that series, but the duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal proved too strong for the guard, and Phil Jackson’s side went on to win the series in five games.
Allen Iverson also received an invitation to play for a Texas G League team, but declined to participate on behalf of the team. On October 30, 2013, Allen Iverson announced his retirement from basketball, citing personal issues and a reason to give up the game as primary motivators.
The Philadelphia 76ers also retired Allen Iverson’s jersey in 2013, so the combo guard would gain his respect after his retirement. The ceremony took place in front of 20,000 spectators and 76ers greats such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone and former team president Pat Croce.
Allen Iverson also headlined the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 along with Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming. Iverson highlighted John Thompson and Larry Brown when speaking to the media about who he credited with a Hall of Fame career.
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