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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