2. Oscar Robertson
Oscar “The Big O” Robertson is a former point guard for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. In his professional career, Robertson earned an NBA Championship in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks, and an MVP award in 1964 with the Cincinnati Royals. Out of the 14 seasons he played in the NBA, he made 12 All-Star appearances. His jersey was retired by both the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks and in 1980 he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame as a player and again in 2010 as a member of the 1960 US men’s Olympic basketball team where he won gold.
Having endured poverty and racism, Robertson grew fond of the sport due to it being a “poor kids” game, learning how to play with tennis balls and anything resembling a ball. To this day, he feels he can outplay current players while still expressing respect to many such as Russell Westbrook.