The only qualification is the player had to wear (or currently is wearing) the number for at least 3 seasons (and playing at a high level). Plus, they can be eligible to be listed multiple times (LBJ, #23, #6 for example). Enjoy. Check out our NFL version as well.
#00 – Robert Parish
Best known as the defensive anchor of the Larry Bird-led mighty Celtics teams of the 1980’s, Robert Parish was also outstanding on the offensive side of the ball with a smooth jump shooter who hit at a nearly 54% clip from the floor in his 21-year career and averaged 14.5 points. A four-time NBA champion and nine-time All-Star, Parish’s athletic ability and utility on both ends as a 7-foot center foreshadowed the direction in which his position would head decades later. For his career, this post giant and 2003 Hall of Famer averaged 15/9. Seems somewhat average, right? Not when you realize he played for more than two decades. That’s right, a 15 and 9 average over the course of 21 seasons. Quite impressive as far as I am concerned.
Runner up: Johnny Moore
#0 – Russell Westbrook
With only 7 years of experience in the NBA, Westbrook already has 4 All-NBA 2nd Team selections, and an NBA scoring title to his name. We already knew he was a quality NBA player, but with Durant out of the picture last season, Westbrook proved to everyone he was an NBA superstar. His stats were ridiculous – 28 points, almost 9 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. His stats were so damn impressive that despite not making the playoffs, he was still in MVP consideration. Russell Westbrook’s explosive ability at the guard position is simply unparalleled. With the increasing depth of the point guard position in the NBA, it will be tough for him to ever make the All-NBA 1st Team, but he should have a shot at an NBA Championship this season with Durant returning healthy. For his career thus far, Westbrook have averaged 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Stay tuned, much more coming soon.
Runner up: Gilbert Arenas
#1 – Tracy McGrady
There have been countless times in NBA history when a team was trailing late in the 4th quarter and made a comeback to win. But, I have NEVER seen anything like Tracy McGrady’s 13 points in 33 seconds. If you haven’t seen this video on Youtube (or live, back in the day) it is a MUST WATCH and I highly recommend it. It is easily the greatest comeback led by a single player in NBA history. Aside from that remarkable performance, T-Mac was incredible throughout his prime. As a scorer, he simply could not be stopped. He could shoot from distance or fly over your center for a nasty dunk. Unfortunately, T-Mac never reached his ceiling due to injuries. But, if he never got hurt who knows how good he could have been. When he was healthy though, McGrady was a 7 time All-Star and 2 time scoring champion. For his entire career, he averaged 20/6/4. His best season averaging came during the 2002-2003 campaign as T-Mac put up 32/6.5/5.5.
Runner up: Tiny Archibald