It was in 1950 that Cooper set himself apart from every individual to ever shoot or dribble a basketball. That year, the Boston Celtics drafted Cooper in the second round of the NBA draft. At the time, Cooper became the first African American player to be drafted into the NBA, thus officially breaking the color barrier. Cooper was a pioneer for the sport of basketball, and he paved the way for so many other future stars. For that alone, Cooper deserves to be recognized.