Allen Iverson reveals his basketball Mount Rushmore
On the latest episode of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, NBA icon Allen Iverson was asked to reveal his basketball Mount Rushmore.
“My favorite is always going to be Mike, you know what I mean,” Allen Iverson said. “Kobe, you know what I mean, my one and two. And LeBron, you know what I mean, so great…I got Bron No. 3.
“Kobe is the closest thing to me to Mike. And then LeBron is just hands down LeBron James. He’s in a class by himself. And then, you know, Shaq and I just, ya’ll know how I feel about Stephen Curry.”
This is quite the list from Iverson, who won the 2001 regular season MVP award and guided the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals, where the team fell to Bryant, Shaq and the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
Jordan is universally recognized as the greatest player in NBA history. MJ won six rings with the Bulls and went 6-0 in the Finals. Jordan also won six Finals MVPs and five regular-season MVPs.
Bryant, meanwhile, is the closest thing we will likely ever see to Jordan. The late great NBA legend mimicked his game after MJ and was able to capture five titles with the Lakers and two Finals MVPs.
James, who has been in the spotlight ever since he was in high school, is the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists. The King also has three rings and three Finals MVPs.
Shaq, who won three championships with Bryant on the Lakers, is the most dominant player in modern NBA history. The Diesel won three Finals MVPs with the Lakers and captured his fourth title in 2006 on the Miami Heat as Dwyane Wade’s sidekick.
While Curry is the only player on Iverson’s Mount Rushmore to not have a Finals MVP award, the Golden State Warriors superstar is a two-time MVP, three-time champion and unarguably the greatest shooter in NBA history.