Former NBA star, ex-Philadelphia Sixer Allen Iverson may be able to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame earlier than expected.
Iverson’s Hall of Fame eligibility will come a year sooner than originally thought.
According to NBA’s Scott Howard-Cooper, Iverson will be eligible for the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.
The rule for induction into the Hall of Fame requires a five-year waiting period before a player is eligible to be inducted.
Iverson last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season, and he officially retired in 2013. However, along the way, the 1996 No. 1 overall pick and 11-time All-Star had a 10-game stint with the Turkish Basketball League’s Besiktas in 2010-11.
According to the NBA’s report, the Hall of Fame, however, will disregard that stint, making him eligible for the 2016 class.
Iverson, spent 14 seasons in the NBA, playing in 914 NBA games (901 started), and holds career average of 26.7 points per game, and 6.2 assists per game, with 41.1 minutes per game.
He scored a total of 24,368 career points. He was the winner of both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is an 11-time All-Star, and 4-time NBA scoring champion.
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