DATE: 1970s-present
COMPLEX SAYS: Other than MJ, few NBA players have had an influence on pop culture like Dr. J. Every modern-day athlete rocking an afro should pay homage to Erving. Dude also has a ton of rap references by MCs ranging from Gucci Mane to Run DMC. If that weren't enough, Barack Obama also said Dr. J was his childhood hero. Good enough for el Presidente, good enough for us.