Allen Iverson is by all accounts one of the greatest players in NBA history. He entered the Basketball Hall of Fame this year and it is easy to see why by looking at his career averages.
Posting 26 points along with six assists and three rebounds per game is nothing to sneeze at.
Add to those impressive averages that AI was only six feet tall in sneakers and it is impossible not to see what made him such an entertaining competitor night in and night out. He carried undermanned Philadelphia 76ers teams to the playoffs multiple times.
In 2006, however, the dynamic scoring guard decided that it was time for a change. He went to his general manager Billy King and requested a trade to another team. The teams on his short list were: Denver, the Clippers and Minnesota.
History bears out that The Answer was traded to the Nuggets for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two of the next year’s first round picks. Sadly basketball fans were robbed of a pairing of AI and Kevin Garnett in their primes.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the local St. Paul Pioneer Press that no deal had been put together for the polarizing star in 2006. He told the paper: “It isn’t that I don’t like him. Just money-wise, it wouldn’t work out.”
That sounds feasible in retrospect but, as we have seen this summer, when stars want to get something done they can find a way. Words cannot describe what a treat seeing the Big Ticket and the inventor of the “killer crossover” on the same team would be.
The combo guard would have been Da Kid’s best teammate in Minnesota by a large margin and could have possibly provided him the help to get past the Lakers and the Spurs in the Western Conference.
For now, it’s just an amazing case of “What if?”