Born: 7 June 1975
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia
Best known as: The 2001 MVP of the NBA
A lightening-quick guard with an attacking style, Allen Iverson played two years of college basketball for Georgetown University before being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. He soon became their leading scorer, earning the nickname "The Answer." By 1999 he was the leading scorer in the entire NBA, averaging 26.8 points per game. Iverson's many tattoos, stylish cornrow braids and urban attitude made him a symbol of wider changes in the NBA. He recorded a rap CD (under the name Jewelz) in 2000; Iverson's coarse lyrics created a minor controversy (for which Iverson eventually apologized), and the album was never released commercially. Despite the off-court distractions, his on-court production continued. Iverson was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2001, and at six feet tall he was the shortest player in NBA history to hold the title. He was traded in December 2006 to the Denver Nuggets, where he joined the budding NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
Extra credit: Iverson wears jersey number 3... Besides "The Answer," he is also nicknamed "AI"... In the 2006 trade, Philadelphia got guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith and two first-round picks. Denver got Iverson and rookie forward Ivan McFarlin... His official NBA profile lists Iverson at 6'0" tall and 165 pounds.