Earlier today on ESPN, a small debate arose in relation to the basketball players who can be considered amongst the most unique of all time. Ron Artest was suggested to be one of the more unique players currently in the NBA, due to his prolific play on both sides of the court, while Charles Barkley's name was also mentioned for consideration on the all-time list.
This short debate inspired me to assess who I consider to be the most unique players in basketball history.
For the purposes of this article, the term "unique" will be conditionally defined as a player who brings an element to the game that is scarcely seen otherwise. Elements that can make a player unique may be anything like ethnicity, size, or style of play.