3. Vancouver Grizzlies – Allen Iverson, Original Pick: Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Another franchise coming off their first year in existence, the Vancouver Grizzlies needed a transcendent star to carry them in their early years and they wind up with one of the most influential and iconic players of this generation in Allen Iverson.

Iverson is one of the best pure scorers the NBA has ever seen and may be pound-for-pound the toughest player in NBA history. He was the 2001 MVP, as well as an 11x All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team selection, and 4x Scoring Champion. Iverson averaged less than 26 points only once in his first 12 seasons.

Abdur-Rahim was a solid player, but Iverson would have been the person to put the Grizzlies on the map. One of the most popular players of all-time, Iverson would be looked at as the greatest Grizzlies player ever had he dropped to three. This time, he does.