The 25 Greatest Streetball Players of All Time

10. Earl Monroe

Nicknames: Black Jesus/The Pearl
City: Philadelphia
Highlights

The Pearl caught so much wreck in Philly everyone called him Black Jesus. He was credited with inventing a slew of crossovers and layups on the playgrounds and was a legend by the time he finished high school. He then moved onto Winston-Salem St. where he averaged 41.5 points per game during his senior year further cementing his legend. In the NBA, The Pearl played for the Baltimore Bullets and won a championship with the '73 Knicks. Monroe's silky offensive game made him one of the L's premier scorers and during his time with the Knicks he and Walt "Clyde" Frazier were dubbed "The Rolls Royce Backcourt."

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