another point of this article was that the league kinda sucked during iverson’s era. it glorified one on one hero ball (iverson’s MO), and the east was even weaker than it is now. also, the finals sixers team wasn’t good, but had the DPOY and Sixth Man of the Year, so they weren’t quite as bad as everyone makes them out to be.
yeah, iverson was a good player for longer than IT has been so far but if we’re talking peak…
2017 Isaiah: 33.8 mpg, 28.9 ppg, 5.9 apg, 2.7 rpg, .546 efg, .625 TS, 26.5 PER, 122 Ortg, 5.5 BPM, 12.6 WS
2001 Iverson: 42.0 mpg, 31.1 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.8 rpg, .447 efg, .518 TS, 24.0 PER, 106 Ortg, 4.8 BPM, 11.8 WS
peak Isaiah is pretty clearly better than peak Iverson. the only edge iverson has is pure volume scoring (only 2.2 ppg) from playing 8 more minutes a game (in Per36, IT leads every category). isaiah is significantly more efficient and has a higher PER and offensive rating. everyone shits on Russ this year for his inefficiently, but Russ’ TS% this year of .554 was higher than any year iverson ever had aside from 1 season in denver. AI was a very good player, but also one of the most overrated, since his cultural impact often outweighed his actual effectiveness. i doubt this era would have benefitted him more, since he was a career 31% three point shooter and inefficient hero ball is now recognized to be ineffective.