Being in the NBA for as long as Allen Iverson has been, one is bound to have an impact on the history of the game. Iverson was a ruthless scorer for the Philadelphia 76ers and he won an MVP award for them in 2001 while leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals in the same season.
While Iverson made an impact on the floor with his scoring and the swagger he played with, he also brought a lot to the league on the court. Iverson is the reason then-commissioner David Stern implemented the dress code for players. The 6-foot guard from Georgetown showed up to the arena in baggy clothes and that’s the impact he left on the game.
In a list compiled by HoopsHype, Iverson was ranked as the third most influential player in NBA history behind Michael Jordan and LeBron James:
“Iverson’s cornrows, tattoos and style of dress brought hip hop culture to basketball,” a former NBA player and current assistant coach told HoopsHype. “You include his stellar basketball career at 6-foot, 160 pounds, and you have to place him among the most influential players in the NBA.”
In 2005, former NBA commissioner David Stern implemented a dress code, criticized by Iverson.
“Iverson not only influenced fans, but he influenced other players who then influenced more fans,” a former NBA player told HoopsHype. “His influence had levels. It’s almost like he has soldiers influencing people for him. He’s the reason why people wear sleeves, why they have tattoos, why they have braids. He was the link between basketball and hip hop.
There is no doubt the impact Iverson left on the game and on the Sixers. Philadelphia retired their jersey number at the Wells Fargo Center because no one will ever wear number 3 again.
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