The rafters inside NBA arenas are gearing up for a facelift with the league's brightest stars serving as the architects.
Retiring a jersey is a way for a franchise to permanently express its gratitude for the years of backbreaking service put in by its cornerstone players.
As these living legends progress through the various stages of their careers and enter that uncertain area that lies ahead, a jersey enshrinement ensures that their stories are never forgotten. Some are further along in their candidacy than others, but all have aligned themselves for a physical place in basketball history.
Through any combination of gaudy statistics, award-winning seasons and/or championship victories, this delectable dozen will one day watch over the courts that they currently dominate.