Allen Iverson Ranks 7th in NBA History with 26.7 Points Per Game

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 4, 2014

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Allen Iverson, who had his number retired by the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, scored 26.7 points per game over 14 NBA seasons, good for the seventh-best scoring average in league history.

While the lofty points-per-game number overstates his place in history, Iverson was unquestionably one of the better scorers in recent memory. He led the NBA in scoring average four times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2004-05) and finished top-10 11 times in a 12-season stretch spanning from his 1996-97 rookie campaign to 2007-08. It would have been 12 out of 12 had Iverson played in enough games to qualify during the 2003-04 season, when he averaged 26.4 points in just 48 games.

Iverson was listed at 6'0", 165 pounds during his playing career, making him unique among the top scorers in league history. Of the top 25 players in career scoring average, only Iverson and former Los Angeles Laker Jerry West (6'2") stood under 6'5".

Iverson's size was his calling card, as his hard-nosed style of play made his lack of height and bulk even more noticeable. To this day, "the Answer" is lauded for his willingness to collide with defenders, even those that had 100 pounds or more on him.

Despite the universal acknowledgement of his toughness, Iverson was often criticized for his attitude and shot selection. Not to write those issues off completely, but the public perception of his career likely would have been much different had Iverson not spent his prime years wasting away on a feeble 76ers roster.