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WORLD B. FREE
Playing with guys called Fly and Thrill (Phil Sellers), Lloyd Free was given the nickname World when he was 15. He made it legal during an NBA career in which he averaged 20.3 points.
After transferring from Tilden High to a school in Albany, Big Smooth thrived at North Carolina alongside another Brooklyn expat: Michael Jordan, who left the borough as a toddler.
Mullin was at St. John's when he won gold for the U.S. in 1984. His reason for skipping the team's trip to the White House: "I had to get back to Brooklyn."
A teammate of Mullin's at St. John's, Jackson is proof that not all outer-borough stars are gunners: His 10,334 assists rank third in NBA history.
The most heralded point guard out of Coney Island (he ranks just ahead of his cousin Sebastian Telfair), Starbury is going strong—in China—at 35.