The best player born in every year since 1920

The best player born in every year since 1920

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1922: NAT CLIFTON

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Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton played college ball at Xavier (La). He then played for an all-African-American pro team the New York Rens before gaining notice by the Harlem Globetrotters. Clifton was the first African-American drafted by an NBA team, which was the New York Knicks. He scored more than 5,400 points and grabbed better than 4,400 rebounds in the NBA.

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