They call it the forgotten league. Some call it the reason the NBA became so great in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, it's sad how little appreciation the now-defunct American Basketball Association, or ABA, receives from basketball fans both old and young.
Let's not forget that this is the league that gave us basketball legends like Julius Erving (pictured) and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. Also, without the ABA, we might never have experienced the three-point shot or some of the electrifying offensive play we see in the game today.
Some of the greatest players to ever play the game got their start in the ABA, and some never left that organization. That being said, let's honor the eight greatest and often flashiest players who ever played in this league.