Today in Sports History: February 20

In 2005, the 54th NBA All-Star Game took place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The East Conference beat the West Conference 125-115. The All-Star Most Valuable Player was Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson

Iverson scored 15 points shooting 4-for-14 from the field, averaging 28.6 percent, and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. He had four rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, and seven turnovers. 

Iverson played for the 76ers from 1996 until 2006. He was then traded to the Denver Nuggets until 2008, then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for a season, and then back to the 76ers for one last season in 2009-10. 

Throughout Iverson’s 14-year career he earned one MVP award in 2001, 11-time All-Star selections, two All-Star MVPs in 2001 and 2005, three-time All NBA First Team, 3-time ALL NBA Second Team, and Rookie of the Year in 1997. 

Although he had no rings, Iverson represented the United States men’s basketball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens winning the Bronze medal. He was also inducted into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 as a well-deserved effort for his successful career.

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