Born in Hampton, Virginia, Allen Iverson was an athlete for many years before finally settling on basketball.
Allen Iverson is a former professional basketball player. Iverson attended Georgetown University under the guidance of Coach John Thompson. He won Big East Defensive Player of the Year award twice during his tenure at Georgetown University. In his first year at Georgetown University, he won Big East Rookie of the Year. He was named First Team All American and left Georgetown University early as the Hoyas’ all-time leader in career scoring average. After his second year at Georgetown, he declared for the NBA Draft.
Iverson spent the better part of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was drafted in the 1996 NBA Draft, becoming the shortest first overall pick ever. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1996 and made the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the first few years of his career, Iverson minimally improved the 76ers season record. However, he signed an extension for 70 million dollars and the 76ers improved drastically over the next two years. In his 1999-2000 season, Iverson was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the first time.