2. Earl Manigault
Nickname: The Goat
City: Harlem, N.Y.
When Kareem's jersey was retired by the Lakers, he said the greatest player he ever played against was Earl "The Goat" Manigault. Listed at a generous 6'1", The Goat had legendary hops. He used to grab change from the tops of backboards across New York to win bets and build his rep. However, he wasn't just a freakish leaper, Earl also had a wicked jumper and nice handles. He packed a big punch in a small package.
Unfortunately, he let dope get in the way of his destiny and ruined his promising organized basketball career. Those shortcomings and misfortunes are depicted in the HBO movie, Rebound. But his life wasn't a total waste. Manigault got clean and dedicated his life to the parks he grew up playing in up unil his death from heart failure in 1998.