In the 1996-97 Season, Iverson garnered rookie of the year honors in spite of friction with incumbent star Jerry Stackhouse, and a destitute 22 win season under the overmatched tutelage of Johnny Davis.
The Sixers brass, realizing their mistake in putting the soft touch hands of Johnny Davis at the wheel, turned instead to flinty basketball vagabond, Larry Brown, in hopes of harnessing the electric Iverson and returning the City to basketball prominence.
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The first Brown/Iverson season saw the remaking of the roster, 22 players saw game action for the Sixers, as Brown sought to build his defensive vessel yolked to the offensive engine of Iverson.
Stackhouse was shipped out after a mere 22 games, sent to Detroit for the slender shotblocker Theo Ratliff, and North Philly product Aaron Mckie. Eric Snow was plucked off the Supersonics scrap heap, and the Brown Sixers began to take shape.
31 points in a win against the Lakers, fellow sophomore Kobe Bryant scores 19 points off the bench in just 22 minutes.
Perhaps the dunk of his career, a sick putback over Marcus Camby
Sixers vs. T-Wolves: Iverson scores 43, and the Iverson/Garnett/Marbury trio combine for 97 points
The strike shortened 1999 season would see Iverson emerge as the league scoring champion. Larry Brown’s remade roster would achieve a meteoric two year rise from the league’s 26th ranked defense to the 5th. And the Sixers would find themselves in playoffs for the first time since 1991 upsetting the favored Magic in 4 games, before losing to Pacers in the Conference Semi’s
Iverson’s playoff debut
Perspectives on the young Iverson
The union was forged, the course charted, and the upstart Sixers approached thier zenith…