Allen Iverson becomes the first former Memphis Grizzlies Hall of Famer

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Allen Iverson's upcoming enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame caps a marvelous career for the point guard who enjoyed brilliant spells with the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.

He had a less than ideal spell with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009, but despite a stint that only last two months and three NBA games, he has become an unlikely part of the franchise's history.

Having moved to Tennessee in September 2009, Iverson and the franchise had parted ways by November of that same year before he rejoined the Sixers for the remainder of the season; his final campaign in the league.

His spell with Memphis still happened, and it means he becomes the first player in their history, whether that be under their current identity or their former Vancouver moniker, to make it into the Hall of Fame.

It means there are only two remaining franchises in the NBA not to have a former player inducted; the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans.

That will change for the T-Wolves once their current player and arguably the best to ever represent the organisation, Kevin Garnett, is eligible for selection. Having won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008, been named MVP in 2004 and an All-Star on 15 separate occasions, he is a nailed on inductee once his four years of retirement are up.

As for the Pelicans, they may have to wait some time before a former player is inducted into the hall of basketball greatness. Having surrendered the history of their stint in Charlotte to the current Hornets, Alonzo Mourning and Robert Parish are considered Hall of Famers from the current Michael Jordan-led organisation.

The Grizzlies will surely have another member of the Hall of Fame in the future as Pau Gasol has a great chance of being inducted once he decides to give up the grind. The Spaniard played for the franchise for six and half seasons before going on to claim back-to-back rings with Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers.

Now at the Chicago Bulls, the six-time All-Star has a career average of 18.2 points and 9.5 assists through his 15 years and, according to basketball reference, has a 93 percent chance of being selected to the Hall of Fame.

For Iverson and the Grizzlies, it was a strange couple of months. He donned their uniform on three occasions, all of which were away from the FedExForum. In his three outings, where he came off the bench on ever occasion, he averaged 22.3 minutes on the hardwood, scoring 12.3 points and providing 3.7 assists per night.

He also failed to win a game while with the franchise as they fell to defeats to the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers.

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