5. Connie Hawkins
Nickname: The Hawk
Before putting on an ABA or NBA jersey, the Hawk's name already rung bells. He came up playing with guys like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earl Manigault, Connie was one of the greatest forwards to ever come out of New York. If it weren't for a point-shaving scandal—a scandal in which he had no involvement, his name just came up—while he was attending Iowa, The Hawk would've had a longer professional career.
He was a dynamite scorer and rebounder to go along with his incredible soaring ability, hence the nickname. One of the biggest crimes in sports history was not allowing basketball fans to see The Hawk in his prime. Instead all we have is his legend in the streets of NYC told by ghetto historians that saw him play with their own eyes.