(11.1.96) Allen Iverson & Ray Allen Make Their NBA Debuts, Bucks Win
After some memorable Georgetown vs UCONN battles, it was only fitting that the two biggest stars of those teams – Allen Iverson & Ray Allen – would make their NBA debuts against each other.
On November 1st of 1996, Iverson showed why he was the #1 overall pick with 30 points (76ers debut record) and 6 assists. #5 pick Ray Allen only had 13 points on 3 of 10 shooting but got the W thanks to help of future all-stars Glenn Robinson and Vin Baker as well as the great play by point guard Sherman Douglas, who put up 22 points and 8 assists against AI.
The two would have many better and more memorable performances against each other and be part of one of the best and most controversial playoff series of all-time – the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, which ended with a 44 point GM7 performance by Iverson and Ray Allen accusing the NBA of rigging the series because they and NBC didn’t want a “small market” team to play against the Shaq/Kobe Lakers in the finals.