Originally Posted by thought
It's a pretty well-discussed fact that Iverson was not a great defender, regardless of his steal numbers.
Well discussed among whom? I just don't see how being 12th all time in steals can be neglected when discussing his impact defensively. He was an absolute menace getting into passing lanes and sneaking up on bigs in the post. He was high risk high reward, that doesn't make him less great. He was unlike Kidd and Payton and even Stockton because those guys could be used as stoppers who would play up a position on some of the best two guards. But he was also unlike Nash and other non-defensive point guards in that he would regularly have some positive impact on that end of the court.