The best player born in every year since 1920

The best player born in every year since 1920

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1923: DON BARKSDALE

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Don Barksdale was a pioneer on many fronts. He because the first African-American to be named an All-American when he was at UCLA. He was also the first African-American to play on a U.S. Olympic team and to play in an NBA All-Star Game. His NBA career was shortened by injuries after he signed a contract with the Baltimore Bullets. In the above photo, his son is accepting his honor to the Naismith Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

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