Well, I think this discussion is just a disagreement and that's alright, so I will end it with a counter to your last post and I will do so by comparing Iverson with Kobe (who everyone will say, rank and list in the top 10 players of all time and likely #2 SG of all time after Jordan the greatest player ever), just a little more indepth this time:
FG% and Scoring -
*Iverson = 9.3 shots made, 21.8 attempted, 42.5FG%, 26.7pts a game
*Kobe = 8.9 shots made, 19.5 attempts, 45.4FG%, 25.4pts a game
The difference is almost 3% and that is minimal. You can pick and choose, fine tooth comb if you like, but since neither guy averaged anywhere near 50FG%, it really matters little. The much taller Kobe should hit more of his shots, as the much smaller Iverson has a much harder time shooting over other players. To me, the FG% of Kobe would have been as bad or only very marginally better than Iverson's if Kobe had been in Iverson's place in Philly and not playing on a loaded Lakers team, next to top 10 player ever Shaq. Kobe had easier shots, setup usually be double and triple teams on Shaq, Iverson wished he had that. The two seasons Iverson played in Denver, alongside fellow superstar Carmelo, his FG% increased to 45.4 and 45.8FG%. Similar to Kobe's hey
Iverson's scoring did not take a hit either, 24.8pts and 26.4pts for both seasons. And that is really what tells the story about Allen Iverson, he never played with any other player remotely a star and then he played alongside Carmelo, finally having some help and someone else to take the opposition defensive attention and it did wonders for him.
Even with the opposing team sending all five guys at Iverson, he still outscored Kobe for his career and Kobe has increased his scoring average his last seven years, while Iverson scored alot less his last four years. Take their first ten years of their careers and Iverson was doing alot more than Kobe, especially scoring alot more.
Assists and TOs -
*Iverson = 6.2asts and 3.6TOs
*Kobe = 4.7asts, 3.0TOs
Iverson, who played more at SG for Philly than PG, got alot more assists than Kobe, yet not much more TOs. More, but again, for a guy that fought through the opposing team's five players every night, while doing all the ball handling, with noone really to give the ball to that was worthy of much, he should have gotten alot more TOs than Kobe over his career. Who to pass to as well and get those assists. Iverson had garbage, Kobe had Shaq and no real distributing PG next to him, he handled the ball alot to give it to Shaq. Iverson was always among league leaders in assists.
Iverson did more than Kobe and in a much tougher situation, with far less talent, never any star next to him, as Mutombo was a rebounder and shotblocker, awful offensive player and he wasn't their in Philly for that long. Iverson got smashed over and over during his career, playing through some injuries many times, the tough little bastard.
Kobe is a top 10 player alltime to many people, certainly among them and certainly one of the best players in his era, many will say the best player in his era, but that goes more because he plays for the Lakers, played with Shaq to get his first three championships, had the best coach of alltime organising things for him and had other talented players around him for his recent two championships, like PGasol, Odom and ABynum. The information I presented shows that Iverson was not just at Kobe's level, but actually did more when he should have not been able to, being in a much tougher situation. Therefore Iverson has to be considered one of the greatest players ever himself, certainly among guards. If people hadn't been so negative against him, more due to his tough guy, I do what I want attitude, early in his career, he'd be alot more popular and would be thought of much higher for his career than what he is