At 6-foot tall and 165lbs, Allen Iverson did not look like the most intimidating player on the court. But winning the Rookie of the Year award and becoming the Scoring Champion quickly showed his determination and talent far exceeded his stature. In the 2000-2001 season A.I. lead his Philadelphia 76ers to an Eastern Conference leading record of 56-26, received the MVP trophy at the All-Star game and received plenty of other accolades. All this helped lead him to being the recipient of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the season, becoming the shortest and lightest MVP in league history.
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Iverson received the award during a special pre-game ceremony during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Vince Carter lead Toronto Raptors. A home game for Philadelphia, the series was tied 2-2 with already some huge games from the stars. A.I. scored 54 points in game 2, while Vinsanity responded with 50 in game 3. Game 4 saw no 50 point scoring, but game 5 was a special one.
With a special pre-game presentation of his trophy, Iverson started the game on fire. Rocking his Reebok Answer IV’s like he did all season long, the MVP chants ringing through the arena helped the team to a quick 11-0 lead. They never relinquished the lead throughout the game. A.I. proved any naysayers wrong, like Charles Oakley who said he would not score 50 points on them again. Well he did 2 better with 52 points on 21 or 32 shooting and eight 3 pointers made. With that game Iverson joined Michael Jordan as the only two players ever to score 50 or more points in two games of the same playoff series. That feat, his other accomplishments and leading the 76ers into the NBA Finals that year, A.I. and his Answer IV’s burned their memories into the minds of basketball fans until this date.