NBA Twitter goes wild after 76ers unveil Allen Iverson’s statue: ‘Bobble head size statue is crazy’

Jesse Cinquini
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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson’s statue was unveiled to the public in Camden, N.J. on Friday, and there were some interesting reactions on social media.

Iverson played 12 of his 14 seasons in the NBA with the 76ers franchise after he was selected by Philadelphia with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. In 722 total regular-season contests with the team, he averaged 27.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game on 42.1 percent accuracy from the field and 30.9 percent from 3-point range.

He ranks second on the 76ers’ all-time scoring list with 19,931 points scored. Hal Greer is the only player who has dropped more points in a 76ers uniform than Iverson, as he totaled 21,586 points after spending all 15 seasons of his NBA career with the organization.

Perhaps Iverson’s most impressive accomplishment during his time with the 76ers came when he led the 2000-01 iteration of the team to the NBA Finals. He averaged 32.9 points per game while shooting 38.9 percent from the floor in the 2001 playoffs.

Iverson put the 76ers on his back from a scoring standpoint throughout the team’s playoff run, as no other player on the 76ers averaged more than 14.6 points per game, and only three players averaged double digits in scoring.

The 48-year-old also showed out against Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers on the league’s biggest stage in the NBA Finals. He scored an otherworldly 35.6 points per game in the championship series while also contributing 5.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest.

While the 76ers lost to the Lakers in five games, they won Game 1 of the series largely due to a 48-point performance from Iverson, who shot 18-of-41 from the field and 3-of-8 from deep in Philadelphia’s six-point win.

Iverson may have never led the 76ers to a title, but the numbers he put up during his decade-plus stint in Philadelphia indicates that he is more than deserving of having his own statue alongside some of the best players in franchise history.

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Jesse is an aspiring sports journalist that has previously worked as a staff writer at SB Nation’s CelticsBlog and The Knicks Wall.