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Allen Iverson explains why the 1996 Draft Class with him and Kobe Bryant is the best ever

Allen Iverson makes his case for the 1996 Draft Class being the greatest in NBA history
The legendary Allen Iverson shared his opinion on the never-ending debate

The legendary Allen Iverson shared his opinion on the never-ending debate

When talking about some of the best Draft Classes to enter the NBA, three always stand out and repeat themselves as the best in these never-ending debates. The 1984, 1996, and 2003 classes are widely regarded as the biggest and best collections of talent entering the NBA, as each of them had numerous Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars, and good players start their NBA journey. Going chronologically, these are some of the biggest names from these three classes:

1984: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Alvin Robertson, Sam Perkins

1996: Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Jermaine O'Neal, Stephon Marbury, Marcus Camby, Antoine Walker, Peja Stojaković

2003: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, David West, Kyle Korver

For Iverson, there is no doubt the 1996 Draft Class is the greatest

As you can see, we have some of the biggest names in the history of the NBA listed here, and the debate of which is the better one always sparks a fierce debate. Even the players drafted in those years wanted to make a case that their class was the best, as the legendary Allen Iverson shared his opinion on the debate.

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While talking with Al Harrington and Allen Iverson on his podcast, Shannon Sharpe asked which class is the best by listing some legendary players from each year. "The Answer" had no doubt which one was the best:

"You already said the best draft class because when you named ours, look how many players you named. And then you forgot some. You forgot Lorenz Wright. Did you say Kerry Kittles? Marcus Camby? Did you say J-Wallace?... It's hard when you got, and I'm not taking anything away from Dwyane and Carmelo, I love these guys on and off the court, and same thing with Olajuwon and Mike, when you put LeBron in the class, and you got Mike, it's hard man, it's hard not to choose that class."

AI, Harrington, and Shannon were having a blast explaining which Draft Class they prefer, as both Iverson and Harrington chose the 1996 Class to be the best. Shannon didn't share his thoughts, but knowing his love for Lebron, it's hard to imagine him taking anyone over the 2003 Class. But Sharpe did make a valid point saying how all three of these classes have four Hall-of-Famers or at least locks to make in the foreseeable future.

Never-ending debate among the NBA fans

AI, Harrington, and Shannon were having a blast explaining which Draft Class they prefer, as both Iverson and Harrington chose the 1996 Class to be the best. Shannon didn't share his thoughts, but knowing his love for Lebron, it's hard to imagine him taking anyone over the 2003 Class. But Sharpe did make a valid point saying how all three of these classes have four Hall-of-Famers or at least locks to make in the foreseeable future.

If you want to look at the depth, there is no match for the 1996 Class, as they had a considerable number of All-Stars and great role players to go along with those Hall-of-Famers. But if you just look at the top guys, it's hard to go against MJ, Hakeem, Charles or LeBron, Melo, and Wade.

So when making a choice, it's all about personal preferences and what matters to you the most when looking at a draft class. Does it revolve around a few players or the whole class? Having many great players is more impressive than having one transcendent player. But of course, this is very subjective since you can easily make a case for the other side if you provide a different set of arguments. So any way you look at it, it's an entertaining conversation that will spark debates for years.

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