The folks at Mitchell & Ness have put together this awesome graphic of the best players in NBA history to wear each number, ranging from 00 (Robert Parrish)- 99 (George Mikan). 14 numbers have never been worn in the NBA so their jerseys remain blank, and number 38 was basically gifted to Kwame Brown because no one wanted that number before he entered the league, and now they certainly don’t want it. Also, “best” is completely subjective, and our opinions may differ from theirs based on our regional and generational biases, which mays it all the more interesting.
For example: #33. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a choice that’s tough to argue with. I mean, the dude’s a 19-time All-Star, six-time MVP, and six-time NBA Champion. That portfolio is strong to moderately strong, I guess. BUT, the water gets a little muddier when you consider the greats who sported the double 3’s: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and, of course…
What do you think, bros? Any snubs? Let us know in the comment section.
[H/T For The Win]