May 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia 76ers former guard Allen Iverson before the start of game six against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson to announce retirement from professional basketball

Allen Iverson was one of the greatest point guards this league has seen in it’s entire history.

According to SLAM Magazine Online, the 38 year old point guard will announce his retirement in the coming days.

Allen Ezail Iverson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 overall in the 1996 draft, a draft that involved players such as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Zydrunas Illgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O’Neal, Peja Stojakovic, Antoine Walker and Ben Wallace.

He won an NBA Scoring title during the 1998-99, 2000-01. 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons. His career scoring average of 26.7 points per game ranks sixth all-time in NBA history and has a playoff career scoring average of 29.7 per game which is second best to Michael Jordan.

Iverson like most professional athletes had their own setbacks throughout his career, being involved with the police a couple times and exploding on the media.

“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’ll be another one like him.” former coach Larry Brown told SLAM Magazine.

As Allen Iverson prepares to walk away from the game of basketball, he carries award honors such as being named Rookie of the Year, MVP (2001), 11x NBA All-Star, 2x NBA All-Star game MVP (2001, 2005), 3x NBA Steals Leader (2001-2003), 3x All-NBA First (1999, 2001, 2005), 3x All-Second (2000, 2002-2003), All NBA Third (2006) and All-Rookie first team (1997) honors in his 14 year career in the NBA.

This man had the nastiest cross over I have ever seen.

Iverson spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies before leaving the NBA and playing in Turkey from 2010-2011.

His career numbers currently stand at 24,368 points, 3,394 rebounds and 5,624 assists.

I was truly honored to watch him play and every game he showed up for was always an exciting game to watch when he had the ball in his hands.

Thank you Allen Iverson for everything you’ve done for this league!

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