Announcing the G.O.A.T. of Broad Street

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By SportsRadio 94WIP
Welcome to 94WIP's G.O.A.T. of Broad Street, where we will finally determine who the greatest athlete in Philadelphia sports history is! Remember, in order to qualify, the athlete must have played in Philadelphia in the last 50 years (1970). 
We are counting down the top 20 Philadelphia athletes over the last 50 years beginning on Monday, June 15th and ending on Thursday, June 25th. The rankings were determined based on votes from our fans and hosts.
You can view the full running list at 94WIP.com/goat.
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No. 1: Allen Iverson
Stats: 12 seasons in Philly -- 27.6 PPG, 6.1 APG, 2.3 SPG, 41.4 MPG, 51.3 TS%, 42.8 VORP, 21.5 PER
Awards: NBA MVP (2001), 11x All-Star, 2x All-Star game MVP, 3x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-NBA Second Team, NBA Rookie of the Year (1997), 4x scoring champ, 3x steals leader, Hall Of Famer
Analysis: Sure, AI never won a championship, but it's kind of fitting that Philly fans have voted him as the city's greatest athlete of the last 50 years. Philly claims to be about heart, passion, and emotion first and foremost over all else, and you've backed that up by voting for AI. 

While Mike Schmidt is the greatest third baseman of all-time (No. 2) and Reggie White (No. 3) is the greatest defensive end of all-time, Iverson is one of the best pure scorers in NBA history and arguably the greatest player six-foot or shorter to ever play basketball. 

And what puts Iverson presumably over the top of guys like the aforementioned Schmidty, White, or the all-timers who have won titles like Steve Carlton (No. 8), Dr. J (No. 7), and Bobby Clarke (No. 6), is the impression and influence Bubba Chuck had -- not only on Philly or America -- but, frankly, the world. Also, being the youngest of the elite bunch doesn't hurt, as more younger people have seen AI's career. As far as culturally impactful athletes go, Philadelphia has never really had an athlete bigger than Iverson, who literally revolutionized the way people played and dressed. In fact, Iverson is one of the key reasons for the NBA's global growth over the last two decades. 

In 2016, Chris Paul said, "Allen Iverson had the biggest effect on the culture of the NBA out of any player. He started a culture."

LeBron James said of Iverson, "He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all."

No, AI didn't win a title, but most of us remember that 2000-01 NBA Finals run just as fondly, if not more so, than any of the Philly championships.  AI averaged 33 points during that entire postseason and played 46.2 minutes per game! Think about that. During that 2000-01 postseason run, Iverson recorded seven steals in a game, 16 assists in another, and scored 54 points in another. He scored 40-plus points six times over those 23 playoff games and 50-plus twice. 

Sure, Iverson wasn't perfect, he has admitted that plenty of times. But no athlete has impacted the city of Philadelphia like Allen Iverson. 

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