Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis “Lew” Alcindor, Jr. The 7-foot-2-inch Alcindor starred at UCLA before being drafted first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969. Just two years later, in 1971, Alcindor would lead Milwaukee to the NBA title—he converted to Islam and changed his name the day after the title.
In addition to starring for Milwaukee, Abdul-Jabbar was also one of the greatest players ever to wear a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. He was a 19-time all-star, six-time MVP, six-time NBA champion, and he remains the league’s all-time leading scorer with 38,287 career points—many of which came thanks to his seemingly unstoppable sky hook.