By the Numbers: All-Time NBA Players by Jersey, No. 0-34

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By the Numbers: All-Time NBA Players by Jersey, No. 0-34

LeBron James made headlines lately when news broke that he'd officially be switching his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 next year, in honor of Michael Jordan.

James' jersey switch has caused some controversy, as NBA fans wondered why he'd switch from the uniform number of one great player (MJ) to No. 6. Bill Russell, who won 11 NBA championships, happened to wear the very same No. 6 during his playing days.

That got us at B/R thinking...who were the best players to ever wear each jersey number in the NBA?

And thus, with the help of the NBA's retired jersey list, the 50 Best Players ever, and some tough judgment calls...we've arrived at the definitive "Best NBA Player to Ever Wear X Number" list.

(A huge tip of the hat to Basketball-reference.com as well...without their lists of every NBA player to ever wear each jersey number, the No's. 25-30 slides could have been even messier than they already are.)

So, let's crack open the pages of NBA history, and see if LeBron could have chosen a slightly less controversial number switch...

And if someone deserving got left out (which is entirely possible, given that I was working with 50-plus years of NBA history here), feel free to chime in and give those players some love.

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