Report: Allen Iverson to be eligible for Hall of Fame earlier than expected

It appears an answer to Allen Iverson's Hall of Fame eligibility will come a year sooner than originally thought.

The retired Philadelphia 76ers great will be eligible for the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, according to an NBA.com report on Friday.

The Hall has a five-year waiting period before a player is eligible to be inducted. Iverson last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season, and he officially retired in 2013. However, along the way, the 1996 No. 1 overall pick and 11-time All-Star had a 10-game stint with the Turkish Basketball League's Beskitas in 2010-11.

The Hall of Fame, however, will disregard that stint, making him eligible for the 2016 class, according to the NBA.com report.

The diminutive Iverson averaged 26.7 points over his 14-year career, won the 2000-01 MVP award and garnered four scoring titles. He also played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies before returning to the 76ers for the end of his NBA run.