Throwback: Allen Iverson traded to the Denver Nuggets

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In this throwback piece, we’ll look back on how the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers fared following the blockbuster deal involving Allen Iverson on December 19, 2006. In exchange for AI, the 76ers acquired Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and two 2007 first-round draft picks.

Ivan McFarlin was also involved in the deal. He went from the 76ers to the Nuggets.

Former Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson scores a layup against the New Jersey Nets
Allen Iverson scores a layup against the New Jersey Nets (Getty Images)

He appeared in 135 games, including 134 starts. He averaged 25.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 42 minutes per game.

With the Nuggets, Iverson had an 82-61 regular season record. The team; however, was 1-8 in the playoffs.

His best game with the Nuggets when he was vintage AI when he scored 51 points in a 111-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was 18 of 27 from the field, including 0-1 from three-point range, and 15 of 18 from the free throw line.

After leaving the Nuggets, Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons, then signed with the Memphis Grizzles. Upon his release from Memphis, he signed with the 76ers, where he ended his career.

Miller spent three full seasons with the 76ers. He made 221 appearances, including 220 starts. He averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.3 assists, and 0.1 blocks in 36.8 minutes per game.

With Miller since he was the main player, who remained for significant time, following this deal, the 76ers went 111-112. The team was 4-8 in the playoffs with Miller on the roster.

He played for six more teams after leaving the City of Brotherly Love.

Smith returned to the 76ers in the trade, as he previously played in Philadelphia in 1997-98. He appeared in 54 games, including 11 starts, following the trade.

He averaged 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 25.1 minutes per game. Following his departure from the 76ers, he went on to play for six more teams.

Petteri Koponen was one of the two draft picks. While he was the 76ers 30th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, he has never played in the Association.

Daequan Cook was the 76ers 21st overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He played for four teams in the league, but has not played in the Association since the 2012-13 season.

McFarlin never played with the Nuggets after being acquired in this deal. He spent 11 games with the 76ers before the trade.

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