NBA: 30 greatest playmakers in NBA history

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Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
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9. Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers

Allen Iverson was an unstoppable playmaker with his patented crossover that was bound to leave defenders in the dust. Iverson won four scoring titles, led the league in steals per game for three seasons ,while also averaging 6.2 assists per contest.

During the 2000-01 season, he won the NBA MVP award, producing 31.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebound and a league-best 2.5 steals per contest. That year, Iverson led the 76ers all the way to the 2001 NBA Finals where his team fell 4-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers. Iverson averaged 35.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the series.

Iverson is the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score at least 60 points in a regular season game in the history of the 76ers franchise. He put up a career-high 55 points in the 2003 NBA Playoffs with his ability to make plays at volume. While he never won a ring, his body of work as one of the best playmakers listed at 6-foot.

He produced over 30 points per game during three regular seasons to take home scoring titles. He also made 11 All-Star appearances during his time in the NBA, an ode to his popularity as one of the most polar athletes in the league.

Another impressive feat of his was his ability to play a ton of minutes. He finished his career averaging 41.1 minutes per game, fourth all-time in NBA history. With his durability and longevity, Iverson was hard to deny as a playmaker and as a result, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.