Allen Iverson

Born and raised in Virginia in the 1970s and '80s, Allen Iverson grew up the son of a single teen mom. When he reached high school, he excelled at sports, notching High School Player of the Year awards in both football ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1975 in Hampton, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Iverson 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

Imagine That 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

51st NBA All-Star Game 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Biography

Born and raised in Virginia in the 1970s and '80s, Allen Iverson grew up the son of a single teen mom. When he reached high school, he excelled at sports, notching High School Player of the Year awards in both football and basketball. However, near the end of Iverson's high school tenure, things took a turn for the worse. He got involved in an incident at a local bowling alley where he allegedly assaulted a woman and, despite being only 17, he was tried as an adult and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, circumstantial evidence led to him being granted clemency after only four months. After those events, Iverson finished high school and received a full scholarship to Georgetown University, where he excelled for two seasons, setting the school record for career scoring average. He left for the NBA in 1996, where he was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Sixers weren't great when he arrived, Iverson excelled, earning Rookie of the Year in his first season. In short order, the Sixers were a perennial playoff team with Iverson at the helm, making it to the NBA FInals in 2001, where they lost to the dominant Los Angeles Lakers. Iverson also won his only MVP award that season as well. Over the next several years, the Sixers never made it back to the finals and Iverson's relationship with the team grew contentious as he regularly argued with coaches and management. In late 2006, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he spent two seasons before bouncing around the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies throughout 2008 and 2009. Iverson returned to the Sixers to close out his NBA career in 2010. He wasn't done with professional basketball, though, as he spent a season playing in Turkey before eventually announcing his retirement in 2013. In November of that year, his number was retired by the Sixers, and in 2016, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

EDUCATION

Georgetown University

1994 - 1996

Milestones

2016

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

2013

Retired from professional basketball

2001

Won the NBA MVP award and carried the Sixers to a losing effort in the NBA finals

1996

Selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Draft

1994

Became the star of the Georgetown Hoyas college basketball team

Bonus Trivia

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At age 17, Iverson was sentenced to 15 years in prison following a circumstantial charge of assault. He was granted clemency 4 months into his sentence for insufficient evidence.

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