Iverson averaged 27.6 points and 6.1 assists in his career with Philadelphia and ended up winning four titles for the record. He was named MVP in 2001 and led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.
What was even more impressive about Iverson’s career in 2001 was that he did so without a close friend by his side. Philadelphia has struggled to find the right Robin for Iverson’s Batman throughout his career as they made moves that were expected to help The Answer get the Sixers to the top and Sixers Wire would side list Iverson in Philadelphia.
Hughes was selected in the 1998 NBA Draft with the eighth overall pick and was expected to form a stellar duo with Iverson, but he averaged just 9.1 points as a starter and then 10.0 points in the 1999–00 season before being traded to the Golden State Warriors.
Philadelphia acquired Coleman, then an All-Star with the New Jersey Nets, on a deal in 1995 at first and averaged 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in three seasons before leaving to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. Then The Sixers regained it in 2001 and was in a state of decline with what had been a very solid career.
Snow was acquired from the Seattle SuperSonics in 1998, and while he was never a top scorer, he always seemed to make a big shot when the Sixers needed it. He and Iverson were together for seven seasons before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2004.
Acquired from the Detroit Pistons in a deal in 1997, Mackie was first off the bench, but he made no mistake, he was second only to Iverson at the end of the attack. He averaged 11.6 points in the 2000-01 season, then averaged 14.6 points in the 2001 postseason which was second only to Iverson’s 32.6 per game.
Ratliff was acquired in the same Aaron Mackie trade with the Pistons and was never a big offensive man, but he was an elite shooter. He led the league in blocks with a 3.7 in the 2000-01 season, but moved to the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a season-ending injury.
Kukoc was acquired from the Chicago Bulls in 2000 and the Sixers hoped he could bring his scoring ability to Philadelphia alongside Iverson. He averaged 18.8 points for the Bulls before being sent to Philadelphia and only averaged 12.4 points for the Sixers, dropping to 9.3 in the playoffs. He traded with the Hawks in 2001 with Ratliff.
Mutombo was acquired from the Hawks in a Ratliff deal, and while he was still one of the league’s top players, he was an All-Star star in the 2001-02 season for Philadelphia, but was on the decline. He averaged 11.5 points and 11.2 rebounds with 2.4 blocks for the Sixers. Then it was traded in the nets.
Harbring was solid in the 2001-02 season after being acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 11.8 points and 7.1 rebounds, but again, the Sixers needed more beside Iverson. He was sent to the Utah Jazz in the 2002 offseason.
Van Horn, acquired in the Mutombo deal, was next in line to try and find the right sidekick next to Iverson. He averaged 18.2 points as a Nets member, but he averaged 15.9 points for the Sixers and his defense wasn’t great. It ran for one season before being traded to the New York Knicks as part of a 4-team deal.
Robinson was next, joining the Sixers from the Atlanta Hawks in a 4-team deal that sent Van Horn to New York. A two-time All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks, he played just 42 games for Philadelphia as he and Iverson struggled hard to connect and was traded to the then-New Orleans Hornets for the off-season. He was waived and then played nine games for Tottenham in the 2004-05 season before retiring.
Webber was a Hall of Fame future when the Sixers acquired him from the Sacramento Kings in 2005 and averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds with Philadelphia alongside Iverson, but his knees betrayed him and he wasn’t the same as the dominant player. The Sixers performed in the playoffs that season with the duo, but were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in five games. Then they missed the playoffs in the 2005-06 season and he and Iverson subsequently missed Fan Appreciation Night. The following season, Iverson was traded and Webber was eventually fired.
Iguodala was selected in the 2004 NBA draft and the high-profile player played for Iverson for just over two seasons before sending the answer to the Denver Nuggets. This is a “what would have been” scenario where one wonders what the duo would have done if Iverson had stayed stuck for a little longer. Iguodala was very young during that short time together and clearly wasn’t the player he is now.