10. Dawn Staley- This Philadelphia native has quite the resume in the basketball world. She played her high school ball at Dobbins Tech and her senior season was named National Player of the Year. She then went on to play for University of Virginia where they went to three Final Four and won a national championship. Also, Staley won three Olympic titles in her career. She eventually played in the WNBA and now coaches.
9. Rasheed Wallace- Sheed was a loud mouth, hot tempered, and edgy basketball player for the Blazers, Pistons, and Celtics but he had the ability to back it all up. The big man hailing from Philadelphia’s Simon Gratz, he dominated the Philadelphia Public League until he was drafted out of the University of North Carolina in 1995. He the definition of the Philadelphia public and his game play embodies that.
8. Jameer Nelson- The Orlando Magic point guard comes out of the Philadelphia suburb of Chester. He led his high school to two straight PIAA state championships before exiting the school a legend. He stayed local in the Philadelphia area as he attended St. Joe’s University before being drafted by the Magic in 2004. He led the Hawks to a 27-0 regular season record before they were knocked out on the Elite Eight. In 2009, he played for the Magic in the NBA Finals against the Lakers, which they unfortunately lost.
7. Matt Ryan- The quarterback from William Penn Charter has taken the Atlanta Falcons organization and revived them after the Mike Vick fiasco. Ryan was a star athlete all through high school and gained a scholarship to Boston College. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Falcons in the 2008 NFL draft. Ryan is a potential MVP candidate and is working his way to an NFL elite quarterback.
6. Bernard Hopkins- Hopkins is a prime example of Philadelphia. He is mean, in your face, tough, and confident just like the city of Brotherly Love itself. Hopkins is a former middleweight champion and is famous for defending the belt 20 times. He is one of boxers more recent legends and a Philadelphia poster boy.
5. Earl Monroe- Earl The Pearl was a playground legend in Philadelphia but also excelled on the court by playing for Bartram High School. Monroe went on to play for Winston-Salem State where he won National Player of the Year (Division II) and averaged an amazing 41 points per game in his senior season. Later, he would go on to play in the NBA for Baltimore and New York.
4. Joe Frazier- Smokin’ Joe was one of boxing’s prime fighters in its hay day of the 1960s-1970s. Frazier also, gave Muhammad Ali his first loss ever. Frazier is a former World Heavyweight champ and Olympic winner. He finished his career 32 (27 KOs)-4-1
3. Marvin Harrison- The quiet receiver from Roman Catholic sure did make a name for himself in the NFL. He is the single-season leader in receptions with 143 and won the 2006 Super Bowl with the Colts. Harrison doesn’t resemble Philadelphia much, with his quiet demeanor and attitude but his gameplay speaks loud enough for him to be respected.
2. Kobe Bryant- The player we all love to hate. If anyone is to resemble Philadelphia it’s Kobe and maybe that’s why this city hates him so much. The former Lower Merion High School star has turned into the NBA’s best player and one of the greatest all-time. He is a five-time champion, a former MVP, and holds the second highest single-game scoring record with 81 points.
1, Wilt Chamberlain- The Overbrook high superstar is arguably the greatest player ever in NBA history. He played for the Warriors, Lakers, and hometown Sixers throughout his career. He is fourth all-time in career scoring, averaged 50 PPG and 25 RPG in a season, and scored an untouchable 100 points in a game in 1962. Chamberlain is the biggest star out of a city filled with scrappy, in your face, talented stars.