76ers to retire Iverson's number

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Allen Iverson's No. 3 number and jersey weill be placed among the Philadelphia 76ers' greatest players.

The team announced Wednesday that Iverson's number will be officially retired during a ceremony on March 1 when the 76ers play host to the Washington Wizards. Iverson formally announced his retirement on Oct. 30 in Philadelphia.

The 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player will be the eighth 76ers player to have his jersey hung from the rafters in Wells Fargo Arena.

"Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform," Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said. "Allen left everything out on the court and no one could ever question his heart -- he was relentless, fearless and pound-for-pound, was one of the greatest to ever play the game."

Iverson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, ranks second in franchise history with 19,931 points and third in assists with 4,385 and minutes played with 29,879. He also finished among the Sixers' leaders in several other categories: field goals made (3rd, 6,962), field goals attempted (2nd, 16,543), free throws made (2nd, 5,122), free throws attempted (2nd, 6,576), assists, (3rd, 4,385), steals (2nd, 1,644) and points (2nd, 19,931).

His 27.6 scoring average tied Wilt Chamberlain for the best in franchise history.

The 6-foot, 165-pound Iverson spent 10 1/2 seasons with the 76ers and led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001. The four-time NBA scoring champion was traded in 2007 and spent time with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons or Memphis Grizzlies before returning to Philadelphia in 2009 for the final 25 games of his career.

The other 76ers players with their numbers retired are Julius Erving (6), Maurice Cheeks (10), Chamberlain (13), Hal Greer (15), Bobby Jones (24), Billy Cunningham (32) and Charles Barkley (34).

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