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