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Where the 15 Minutes of Fame Never End
This year Allen Iverson’s dressing up as a Turkish basketball player for Halloween. He’s expected to finalize a 2-year, $4 million deal,
with Beşiktaş Cola Turka of the Turkish Basketball Association. It marks the likely end of the NBA career for the oft-villainized Iverson, who once took his Philadelphia 76ers, basically single-handedly, all the way to the ’01 NBA Finals. That season Philly went 56-26, and Iverson averaged 31.1 a game, winning every award but the Heisman. But let me ask you, Obscure Athletes reader, how many more players on that roster can you name? The truth is, I could have come off the bench for that ’01 team. Let’s have a look at who else is an Eastern Conference Champ in that glorious 2001 season.
There were three players not named Iverson who averaged ten points a game for the Sixers that season: Theo Ratliff who dropped 12.4/game–he only appeared in 50 games that year, before being traded, however. A 34-year-old Dikembe Mutombo (For whom the aforementioned Ratliff was traded) chipped in 11.7 a game, in 26 appearances. And Aaron McKie who managed to stay healthy basically the whole season, contributed 11.6 in time split between the starting lineup and a bench role. Also appearing on that team? Eric Snow, brought in during the 97-98 season, no doubt for his offensive prowess from the point, kicked in 9.8 a game on his way to the finals, also courtesy of Iverson’s coattails. Snow would eventually go on to to serve as Lebron James’ prison bitch in Cleveland, a similar role to that which he occupied in Philly under the Iverson administration.
Tyrone Hill also appeared on the 76er roster that season. Look him up in the “How the fuck was that guy an Allstar?” file during the 94-95 season. It would be Hill’s last full season in the NBA. A few more laughable names that appeared in a Sixers uniform that year? Nazr Muhammed and Toni Kucoc, as well as the great Pepe Sanchez, who were all also involved in the Mutombo deal, and didn’t end up playing the whole season. Was there any reason for Allen Iverson not to be the unhappiest man in the NBA in Philadelphia? He gave his team 31 points a game and his organization gave him Eric Snow and Pepe Sanchez. Rodney Buford? Like, what the fuck? He might just have more help in Turkey.