If there’s one NBA honor that commands anywhere near the pomp and circumstance of a Hall of Fame induction, it’s in having your number hung up amongst fellow team legends.
For the most part, Hall enshrinement and jersey retirement go hand in hand—one a humble embossed plaque among hundreds of others, the other an imposing totem strung forever to rafter.
And yet, there remain plenty of former players still waiting on that phone call from a former franchise.
What follows are 11 former legends who deserve—either by dint of statistics or a uniquely powerful ancillary impact—to have the lights dimmed and the crowd raised to raucous fervor in their honor.
These aren't the only 11, mind you. Just the 11 that came immediately to mind.
For our purposes, we’re leaving out some of the more obvious recent or near-retirees (Chauncey Billups, for example) in lieu of some of the game’s more second-tier talents.
Spoiler alert: Uwe Blab is not on this list.