9. Michael Jordan
Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest player ever to lace ‘em up in the NBA. Jordan won six championships and was subsequently named Athlete of the 20th century by Sports Century.
Why Him: To go along with the six NBA title rings, Jordan earned a record six NBA Finals MVP awards and his 32,292 career points rank third-most in NBA history. Jordan, a 14-time All-Star, also has the best career postseason scoring average (33.5 points per game) in NBA history. In 1994, Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons, a Double-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and batted.202 with three home runs, 51 runs batted in and 30 stolen bases.
Ultimate Moment: March 28, 1990. Jordan scored 69 points in a 117-113 win over the Cavaliers, including 23 of 37 from the field and 21 of 23 from the free-throw line.
Funky Fact: Jordan wore his North Carolina practice shorts under his NBA uniform for good luck for his entire career. Jordan led the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA title.