38. Julius Erving
Who And Why: Basketball legend, slam dunk innovator
Years Of Influence: 1971-1987
Beyond his sports resume, Dr. J was just one of those athletes that was able to carry a brand like Converse on his shoulders. No one will forget his behind-the-backboard layup, or his performance in the first-ever ABA Slam Dunk contest, and I think that he really catapulted Converse further into sneaker lore.