21. Wataru Misaka
Misaka isn’t a big-name athlete. We aren’t quite sure why, considering Misaka broke multiple barriers en route to a professional basketball career. A native of Utah, the 5-foot-7 point guard became the first non-white player to ever play in the NBA. Duly, he was also the first player of Asian descent to feature in the association. After helping the University of Utah win a national title in 1944, Misaka played in three games for the New York Knicks during the 1947-48 season. Though the 94-year-old didn’t have a long career in the NBA, he still should be recognized regardless.
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20. Earl Boykins
A Cleveland basketball legend, Boykins carved out quite a nice niche for himself in the NBA. The 5-foot-5 dynamo constantly played the game with a chip on his shoulder. He had only one college scholarship out of high school (Eastern Michigan), and went undrafted upon graduating. Regardless, Boykins terrorized opposing guards with sublime quickness and shocking power (Boykins was rumored to bench press well over 300 pounds despite weighing roughly 135 pounds himself). For his career, Boykins averaged 8.9 PPG in 13 NBA seasons.
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