Iverson, Shaq voted in Hall of Fame
Maya Hughes, South Jersey Journal | 4/5/2016, 9:24 a.m.
Former Philadelphia Sixers guard Allen Iverson can now add Hall of Famer to his accolades.
Iverson, along with Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Izzo, Sheryl Swoopes, Yao Ming and Jerry Reinsdorf have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Monday in Houston in advance of the NCAA Tournament championship game between Villanova and North Carolina.
During his 15-year career, Iverson played for four teams during his NBA career, suiting up for the Philadelphia Sixers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies before returning to Philly for 25 games in the 2009-10 season. He played for a Turkish basketball team during the 2010 season, suiting up for just 10 games.
Iverson was voted the league's Rookie of the Year in 1996-97, made three All-NBA first teams, three All-NBA second teams, and an All-NBA third team. He was an 11-time All-Star, playing in the exhibition game every year from 2000-2010. He currently resides in 19th place on the all-time scoring list with 24,368 points and has the sixth highest scoring average in NBA history with 26.7 points per game. His playoff scoring average of 29.7 points ranks second only to Michael Jordan. He led the league in scoring four times.
O'Neal was a 15-time All-Star who was the NBA MVP in 2000 and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. Izzo, the Michigan State coach, won a national title in 2000 and has taken his team to the Final Four seven times. Swoopes helped Texas Tech to a national title, won four titles with the Houston Comets, was a three-time WNBA MVP and won three Olympic gold medals. Yao was the top overall pick in 2002 and was an eight-time NBA All-Star playing his entire career for the Houston Rockets. Reinsdorf has been the owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox for more than two decades.
The Class of 2016 will be enshrined during Hall of Fame festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 8-10.