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Japanese-American player Wat Misaka played for the NBA's (or BAA as it was known at the time) Minneapolis (now Los Angeles) Lakers in 1947.

The first African-American player to be drafted in to the NBA was Chuck Cooper in 1950 by the Boston Celtics.

The first African-American to sign an NBA contract was Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton in 1950 with the New York Knicks.

The African American to play in an NBA game was Earl Lloyd of the Washington Capitols on October 31, 1950.

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