Ranking Best NBA Stars to Ever Wear No. 23

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Ranking Best NBA Stars to Ever Wear No. 23
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In the NBA, few numbers resonate like No. 23. 

As soon as you see those two consecutive digits placed right next to each other, it's hard to avoid thinking of a certain Chicago Bulls legend. However, LeBron James is doing what he can to change that, as he's decided to switch back to No. 23 for his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

The four-time MVP announced his jersey decision on Instagram, and that got us thinking—who are the best players to ever put on a uniform proudly bearing this famous number? 

LeBron and Michael Jordan are certainly two, but how many others can you come up with before clicking through to view the rankings themselves? There have been plenty of Hall of Famers, a few retired jerseys and tons of All-Star appearances made by standouts wearing No. 23, and Basketball-Reference.com shows that—as of the 2014 offseason—206 NBA players have claimed the number throughout NBA history. 

In fact, the number is so loaded with quality players that some All-Stars and Hall of Famers can't even make the top 10, especially because it only takes one season with the number in order to qualify for these rankings. That will come into play on a few occasions. 

Look beyond MJ vs. James. 

Who else deserves a claim to No. 23 fame? 


Honorable Mentions: Michael Adams (1994-96), Cedric Ceballos (1991-01), Anthony Davis (2012-14), Maurice Lucas (1981-82), Kevin Martin (2004-10, 2012-14) Frank Ramsey (1954-55, 1956-64), Jason Richardson (2001-13), Truck Robinson (1982-83), Wayman Tisdale (1985-97), Norm Van Lier (1969-72)

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