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Iverson: 2018 Sixers are better than '01 team

Andrew Porter
December 06, 2018 - 9:00 am

Of course this Sixers team is better than the 2000-01 Allen Iverson team. Frankly, it's not even close. 

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But it's one thing hearing it from a shmo like Andrew Porter from 94WIP and it's another thing hearing it from Allen Iverson. 

"Those boys are winning now, I’ll tell you that," Iverson wrote in a newly released article for The Players' Tribune. "Those boys are winning, those boys are building something, and those boys are CRAZY crazy talented. More talented than we were in ’01 and those teams? Yeah — yeah, you know what, I’d say so. Joel and Ben and Jimmy…. that’s a Big Three, man. That’s a Big Three for the present and the future. It’s a moment in Philly now, for sure. And I’m loving every moment of being a part of it."

The 2000-01 Sixers finished 56-26 and lost in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers. Their second leading scorer behind Iverson's 31.1 per game was Theo Ratliff (before he was traded) at 12.4 PPG and then Dikembe Mutombo at 11.7 PPG after the trade. Nobody except Iverson made more than 1.0 three per game, but they did play defense. That team had four guys averaging over 1.0 steal per game (George Lynch, Aaron McKie, Eric Snow, and Iverson). The current Sixers team has just two, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler. 

The current Sixers are 17-9 overall and 8-3 since acquiring Butler. Three-point shooting and scoring in general is a lot more abudant now, as five Sixers make at least 1.0 three per game—Wilson Chandler makes 0.9 per game and Furkan Korkmaz makes 0.7. Four Sixers average at least 15.0 points per game. 

It's a no-brainer, but hearing AI admit it is noteworthy.