Allen Iverson's 26.7 points per game are sixth-most in NBA history. (USA Today Images)
One of the most popular players in team history reportedly will be returning to the Wells Fargo Center for the Sixers’ opener on Oct. 30.
A report from ESPN.com says Allen Iverson will officially retire from basketball as a member of the Sixers at the Oct. 30 opener against the defending champion Miami Heat.
Sixers officials say they are aware of the report, but had no comment on it.
An 11-time All-Star, Iverson played 12 seasons with the Sixers, leading them to the 2001 NBA Finals and winning the NBA MVP Award that same year. He ranks sixth in league history with 26.7 points per game and is second in Sixers history with 19,931 points.
Selected with the No. 1 overall pick from Georgetown in 1996, Iverson won the Rookie of the Year Award with the Sixers in 1996-97. He led the league in scoring four times with the Sixers and in steals three times. He also has the franchise record for 40-point games with 76, ahead of the mighty Wilt Chamberlain, and three-pointers with 885.
Iverson last played for the Sixers in 2010 and will be eligible for election to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2015.