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Allen Iverson retires: A look back on his career

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Allen Iverson - the best small player of all- time.

The 2001 MVP and 11-time All-Star, has officially retired from playing professional basketball.

The press conference was held on Wednesday early afternoon, before the Sixers-Heat game, in the Wells Fargo Centre - home of the Iverson's very own Philadelphia 76ers. 

After shining at Georgetown under head coach John Thompson, Iverson decided to leave school early and go to the NBA.

He was selected first overall by 76ers, and already in his first season became a go-to guy for the franchise. 

Iverson played for the Sixers until 2006, when he was traded to Denver Nuggets.

While with the Sixers, Iverson led the team to the 2001 NBA Finals, where they lost against the Lakers.

The same year, he also won his Most Valuable Player award.

Iverson made Play-offs six times with the Sixers, but the 2001 season was the only one where they got further than Conference semi-finals.

After being traded to the Nuggets, he spent two good years in Denver, making play-offs each year.

But with the presence of Carmelo Anthony, he wasn't the only star in the team - something he never really liked. 

In 2008, he was traded to the Pistons, where he started the season strong.

But as the year went on, he started to lose his minutes due to young Rodney Stuckey who was developing at the time.

After becoming a bench player, Iverson stated that he would rather retire than sit on the side lines.

After struggling with the Pistons, he tried to look for a new start with Memphis Grizzlies, but played only three games for the franchise.

He later tried his luck in Turkey, but played only 10 games for Beşiktaş following calf surgery.

Before he played in Turkey, Iverson returned to the Sixers, where he was still treated like a God.

But after playing 25 games for the Sixers, he left the team due to his 4-year daughter's health issues. 

Iverson finished his career with an overall of 24,368 NBA points (averaging 26.7) - placing him 19th on the all-time scoring list.

During his career, he also averaged 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds. 

During his prime, Iverson was definitely one of the most exciting players to watch.

Standing at 6ft, his explosiveness, jumping and dunking ability made him the player who changed the game.

He showed that small guys can play on the big stage.

He was selected 11 times for All-Star games and every time he was voted as a starter, which shows us that he really became popular with the fans.

He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for sure, and it is expected that the Sixers will retire his famous number three jersey. 

He will remain one of the greatest of all-time, he will always be known as The Answer, and he will always be known as the one who brought the crossover to another level.

He thanked Michael Jordan for giving him a vision, but he came to the league and he made an impact his way - the way only Allen Iverson could do it.

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