WATCH: Trey Burke says Allen Iverson was favorite player growing up

Philadelphia 76ers guard Trey Burke is new to Philly, but Burke has been a fan of one of the Sixers’ all-time greats since he was a kid.

In a video the Sixers released on Twitter, Burke said Allen Iverson was his favorite player growing up. Standing at 6-foot-1, Burke talked about how Iverson, who is 6-foot, affected his game.

“I think it resonates with me because he was 6-foot, 6’1, doing 6’9, 6’10 type of things,” Burke said in the video. “A little guard that was doing giant things.”

Burke, who is from Columbus, Ohio, said he was motivated watching Iverson’s career. Listening to Burke in the video, it’s not surprising to hear that Iverson influenced his game.

A quick guard, Burke dribbles similarly to Iverson, who has some of the best handles ever. Iverson is second on the Sixers’ all-time leading scorer list, right behind Hal Greer. The last time the Sixers went to the NBA Finals was in 2001. The Sixers lost the Finals 4-1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, but Iverson’s 48-point performance in Game 1 is one of the most memorable in Finals history.

The Sixers signed Burke in late July, adding much needed point guard depth to help bolster the bench. With Burke coming in, he adds the ability to handle the ball, but he can also score off the bench.

In six seasons in the NBA, Burke has averaged 10.9 points per game and shot 40.8% percent from the field. In addition to his scoring, Burke can also distribute the ball, as he’s averaged 3.6 assists a game during his career.

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