In a recent interview with Bleacher Report Kicks, Sniper J0nes featured Allen Iverson and Todd Krinsky, VP of Reebok. The interview highlighted Reebok’s recruiting process with Iverson, and touched upon his dominance in the NBA.
A.I. is to this day, without a doubt, one of the most electrifying players ever to step on a basketball court; there’s no denying that. But even during his time, several players were as dominant and exciting to watch.
Krinsky asked A.I about the toughest matchup he had to face, and somebody he wasn’t really looking forward to facing, his nemesis in a sense — and Iverson was quick to single out two players he battled with on many occasions, Steve Nash and Stephon Marbury, both from his famous ’96 draft class.
A.I. had high praise for Marbury,
Just that speed and strength with it, and when he drives to the basket, even if you are with him a little bit, he would throw that elbow to get by you. He was a lot of trouble.Allen Iverson, via Bleacher Report
Stephon was a true killer, averaging double digits straight out of the gate and starting in nearly all of the games his rookie season — Marbury would increase his production and maintain very consistent averages throughout his 13-year career. Marbury would later establish himself as one of China’s most famous athletes and cement his global basketball legacy.
Iverson had perhaps even higher praise for Nash,
Steve with the pick n roll is something you can’t do with him to stop him, especially if you got a guy that can shoot or roll to the basket and finish. Steve Nash used to give me all sorts of problems in the world more than anybody.Allen Iverson, via Bleacher Report
The two-time MVP was a true joy to watch, and it is no surprise Nash is on top of A.I.’s toughest to guard list. This just goes to show how dominant the 1996 NBA draft class was — the only class in history with 10 NBA All-Stars. People will likely argue the ’84 class comes close, but I would debate anyone the ’96 class is a tad better.