Basketball has come a long way from hanging up peach baskets with the bottom cut out. The sport has seen integration, the proliferation of television, a merger, copious rule changes and the lengthening of players' shorts.
But with such small rosters, the NBA has always been a personality-driven league. And certain players were larger than life, to say the least.
Over the last 50 years, there has always been at least one iconic player that defined the league at any given time. And I have selected the greatest poster boys for the league across each era.
My apologies to Oscar Robertson, Moses Malone, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, George "Iceman" Gervin, Walt "Clyde" Frazier and any other icons I had to omit.
But this is a top 10 list. And these 10 defined the NBA when they played.