Allen Ezail Iverson is a retired American professional basketball player. He played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association as a shooting guard and point guard. In addition, ESPN ranks him as the “fifth-greatest NBA shooting guard of all time.”
Family and Education
Allen Ezail Iverson, better known as Allen Iverson, was born on June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia. Ann Iverson, his mother, was 15 years old when he was born.
His father, Allen Broughton, left his mother before he was born. As a result, she gave Allen her maiden name. Ann then relocated with her young kid to the new apartment of her new lover, Michael Freeman.
When Allen was 13, his father figure, Michael, was arrested for drug dealing. As a result, Allen’s youth was a difficult experience dealing with poverty.
Allen attended Bethel High School. He was a running back, kick returner, and defensive back for his high school’s football team. He was also a member of the school’s basketball squad.
Allen was named The Associated Press High School Player of the Year in two sports. In addition, with the Boo Williams AAU basketball squad, he was the 1992 under-17 AAU national champion.
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In 1994, the point guard enrolled at Georgetown University. He was named to the All-Rookie Tournament First Team and was named Big East Rookie of the Year in his rookie season.
Allen also won the Big East Championship with the Hoyas in his second season. When he finished his collegiate career, he was the all-time top-average scorer with 22.9 points per game.
Allen was the NBA draft’s shortest selection at the time. He made his debut against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 30 points and dishing out six assists. Then, against the Chicago Bulls, Allen outscored Michael Jordan by 37 points.
Allen averaged 28.5 points per game in 10 postseason games during the 1998-1999 season. The next season, he renewed his contract for six years with a net salary of $70 million. But also this season.
In addition, for the first time in his career, Iverson was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Iverson was the MVP of the 2001 NBA All-Star Game in the 2000-01 season. In addition, he was selected as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the season. Allen was the lowest and lightest player to ever win the MVP award.
In the first NBA Finals since 1983, the 76ers met the Los Angeles Lakers, who were led by Kobe Bryant. Iverson scored 48 points as the 76ers defeated the Lakers 107-101 to win the NBA title.
Allen’s 2001-02 season was hampered by injuries. Despite this, he averaged 31.4 points in 60 games. As a consequence, the 76ers were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
The 76ers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs the following season by the Detroit Pistons.
Allen was suspended and fined at the end of the 2003-04 season for skipping practice under a new coach. The 76ers were unable to make the playoffs this season.
In the 2006-07 season, the club had another dismal start, going 5-10 in 15 games. Later, Allen’s 10-year tenure with the Sixers came to an end after he reportedly requested to be dealt.
Allen was a member of the USA World University Games Team in 1995, along with Tim Duncan and other future NBA players. The team won the gold medal with a 141-81 victory over the hosts, Japan.
Allen started eight games for Team USA in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2003. During the season, he ranked tenth in scoring, fourth in steals, and seventh in assists. With a sprained right thumb, he missed the USA’s final two matches.
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Iverson competed for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Athens in 2004. Furthermore, he was coached by great coach Larry Brown.
Allen, along with Tim Duncan, was the captain of the 2004 US men’s basketball team. It was the first Olympics since 1992 in which the United States did not win a gold medal.
It was also the team’s second Olympic bronze medal since 1988. Furthermore, it was the men’s basketball team’s poorest showing since NBA players were allowed to compete in Olympic sports.
The United States squad lost three games, including the first one against Puerto Rico, which they lost by 19 points. It marks the team’s greatest margin of defeat to date.
Iverson has not competed in an Olympic Games since then, and Tokyo 2020 is no exception. Furthermore, he is a retired athlete who will not be returning to the US men’s basketball team in Tokyo.
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- 1993: First-team Parade All-American
- 1995: Big East Rookie of the Year, Second-team All-Big East, Big East Defensive Player of the Year
- 1996: Big East Defensive Player of the Year, First-team All-Big East, Consensus first-team All-American
- 1997: NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 1999: NBA scoring champion, All-NBA First Team
- 2000: All-NBA Second Team
- 2001: NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA All-Star Game MVP, NBA scoring champion, All-NBA First Team
- 2002: NBA scoring champion, All-NBA Second Team
- 2003: All-NBA Second Team
- 2005: NBA scoring champion, NBA All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team
- 2006: All-NBA Third Team
- 2000–2010: 11× NBA All-Star
- 2001–2003: 3× NBA steals leader
- 2016: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Net Worth and Salary
Allen’s NBA earnings totaled more than $150 million. Furthermore, his total earnings during his whole career are estimated to reach $200 million.
Allen used to be one of the highest-paid sportsmen, earning more than $20 million a season at his peak. He has a Reebok trust fund agreement that will give him $30 million after 2030.
In the 2008-2009 season, he was paid $20.8 million by the Detroit Pistons.
Wife and Children
Allen married Tawant to Turner, his high school love, in 2001.
Tiaura, Allen II, Isaish, Messiah, and Dream are the couple’s five children.
But unfortunately, In 2013, the couple divorced. However, When the divorce was finalized in 2013, sources mentioned that Tawanna walked away with a $3 million settlement.
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Iverson has starred in the films Like Mike (2002) and Imagine That (2009) as himself, and he plays Stephon Marbury’s buddy in the 2017 film My Other Home.
Social Media Presence:
Facebook: 3,914,539 followers
Twitter: 1.2M Followers
Instagram: 8.8M followers
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|Full Name||Allen Ezail Iverson|
|Birth Date||June 7, 1975,|
|Birth Place||Hampton, Virginia, United States|
|Nickname||AI, The Answer, Ivy, The 3rd Degree|
|Education||Bethel High SchoolGeorgetown University|
|Father’s Name||Allen Broughton|
|Mother’s Name||Ann Iverson|
|Age||47 Years Old|
|Height||6 feet (183 cm)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lbs)|
|Shoe Size||11 (US)|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Profession||Basketball Player (former)|
|Position||Shooting guard/Point guard/Combo guard|
|Active years (Senior Career)||1997-2016 (player)2019-present (coach)|
|Teams||Philadelphia 76ersDenver Nuggets
|Jersey Number||#3 Philadelphia 76ers#1 Detroit Pistons
#3 Denver Nuggets
|Ex-Wife||Tawanna Turner (m. 2001-2010)|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
|Salary||$2 million (2010)|