18. Elgin Baylor
When Washington, D.C-native Elgin Baylor was playing in the NBA, most of our parents were still young children, and we barely had enough televisions around the country.
And that’s why Baylor gets mentioned on this list — because he revolutionized basketball, bringing it out of the the stodgy, starchy “dump it into the low block for the big man” game, bringing in the element of a true sweet-shooting and slick-passing swingman.
When basketball was still played on the floor, Baylor brought the idea that it could also be played in the air. Between the late 1950’s through the late 1960’s, Baylor was both one of the game’s most dominating and most entertaining players.