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December 15, 2016

Allen Iverson History

Born on June 7, 1975, Allen Iverson is a graduate of Georgetown and currently plays a guard position for the Philadelphia 76ers.  He stands 6' tall and weighs 165 lbs.  Following his high school years at Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia, Allen Iverson was honored by having his jersey number retired during the schoolís 1993 State Championship halftime ceremony.  After high school, Iverson continued his love of basketball as he entered into his collegiate years.  During his freshman year in college, Allen Iverson was named the Big East Rookie of the Year.  The following year, during his sophomore season, Iverson was named First Team All-America by the Associated Press.  In addition, he was chosen as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year consecutively.

The 1996-1997 season marked Allen Iversonís rookie year in the NBA.  After quickly establishing himself as a soon-to-be household name early in the season, Iverson went on to become the second youngest player to reach the 50-point plateau in a single game in NBA history.  The points were continually racking up for the 76ers in the 1997-1998 season due, in part, to Iversonís game strategies.  In 1998-1999, Allen Iverson was named to the All-NBA First Team and continued scoring game-high points throughout the season.

During the 1999-2000 season, Allen Iverson was selected for the All-NBA Second Team and once again tied his career high 50-points in a game against Sacramento on February 6, 2000.  The following season, dating 2000-2001, was one of fantastic rewards.  Despite an injury that caused 11 games to be missed, Allen Iverson started in 71 games and was honored with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the NBAís Most Valuable Player.  As the 76ers progressed to the 2001 NBA Playoffs, Allen Iverson was there.  With an average of 32.9 points per game, he continued to set records and set career-highs during the five-game series.

During the 2005-2006 NBA season, Allen Iverson marked his 10th anniversary with a league that made him famous.  He is the second player in NBA history to have ever played for only one team for this length of time.  The only player to have been on a team longer is Kevin Garnett of Minnesota.  After starting in 72 games and averaging 33 points per game, Iverson recorded his 19,000th career point in a game against Washington.  

As an athlete who believes in giving back to his community, Allen Iverson founded the Cross Over Foundation and hosts the annual Allen Iverson Celebrity Classic.  As part of the 76ers Community Assists Program, Iverson established the ëA.I.ís Crossover Crew,í which is a ticket distribution program that allows area-youth to attend a Philadelphia Sixers home game.

Fans who would like to request a signed photo or simply send Allen Iverson their best wishes are urged to do so in care of his NBA franchise team.  If you are requesting an autograph, be sure to include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) along with your request.  Letters and requests should be mailed to:

Allen Iverson
Philadelphia 76ers
First Union Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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