With 23,006 points and counting in the 13th year of his career, Allen Iverson is already the 20th most prolific scorer in NBA history at the age of 33.
Among active scorers, A.I. ranks second only to Shaquille O’Neal, who has entered his 17th NBA season and has chalked up 26,286 points in his career. A.I. went No. 1 in the 1996 draft, and classmates Kobe Bryant (21,619) and Ray Allen (18,227) rank third and fifth, respectively, among active scorers. Furthermore, Iverson’s career scoring average of 27.7 trails only Michael Jordan (30.12) and Wilt Chamberlain (30.07) on the all-time list. Kobe, by the way, is at 25.0 and Shaq at 25.2.
On the other side of the floor, while not known as a great on-ball defender, Iverson’s always in the league’s top five in the steals category, and will eagerly swipe you should your attention wane. Only Jason Kidd, with two more years in the league, has more than Iverson’s 1,876 thefts among active players.
I tell you this because Derek Fisher will spend some time Saturday night trying to check one of the game’s great all-time scorers in Iverson, so we put Fish on camera to gather his thoughts.
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