Allen Iverson, Class of ‘96
Allen Iverson became the face of the NBA the moment his named was called first by commissioner Stern in 1996. The smallest player ever selected No. 1, Iverson’s impact on the basketball court–and his influence off the court–helped to change the culture of the NBA and the sport globally. From the cornrows he sported to his signature killer crossover to the tattoos that inked his body, the 6’0, 165-lb. guard also became the shortest player to be named league MVP and the smallest guard to lead the league in scoring for two-consecutives seasons. A.I.’s influence on the game was second to none.