Nets’ Steve Nash: I Think Kyrie Irving Is ‘More Skilled’ Than Allen Iverson Was

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash may be thankful there are no fans attending Philadelphia 76ers games this season otherwise he’d likely be getting an earful from the Sixers faithful for comments he made on Friday. 

Nash told reporters Nets’ point guard Kyrie Irving is “more skilled” than Sixers legend Allen Iverson:

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Steve Nash was asked if Allen Iverson was a fair player comparison for Kyrie Irving. Nash said Kyrie is more skilled and that Iverson was electrifying, a crazy competitor, and one of the all-time greats. Full quote below. https://t.co/YR0TkRNKwg

Iverson—an 11-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion and Hall of Famer—has a resume that far exceeds anything Irving has accomplished aside from an NBA title. While Irving is averaging a career-best 28.3 points with 5.7 assists this year, Iverson posted a higher scoring average in four seasons of his 14-year career. 

That’s to say nothing of being a three-time steals champion, 2001 MVP and two-time All-Star Game MVP. 

Those are facts Nash may hear plenty about the next time he pops up in Philadelphia. 

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