A player's legacy is determined by many things: championships or lack thereof, individual stats, and more.
But two things are extremely overlooked in how well a player is remembered and how long his legacy will last: their name and number.
Steve Nash won back to back MVP awards. Though right there he distinguishes himself into only a small group of Hall of Famers, no one's truly going to remember him because he has a boring name.
Now take LeBron James. He'll go down into basketball fame for as long as there is an NBA because of the "sexiness" of his name.
It shouldn't be the case; but it's true.
The same goes for numbers: 23 just rolls right out your mouth. That's why, different than any other great player of any sport, fans around the world, instead of saying Jordan, say number 23.
That's just how it works.
So, I'm going to name the best player for each number from 00 to 40.