There's been a tremendous amount of talent that had worn the number 22. Two of the players were battling for the number one position, but as they say the numbers prove who's number one and who's number two, and for that matter who's number three.
Elgin Barylor was a tremendous player for the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He played all 14 years in the organization. He was an outstanding scorer and outstanding rebounder. Was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.
For his career he averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, on 43.1 percent shooting, and 78 percent from the free throw line.
Baylor's best season came in 1960-1961 when he averaged 34.8 points, 19.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, on 43 percent shooting, and 78.3 percent from the free throw line.
Clyde Drexler was the man vying for the top spot, but ultimately didn't make it because Baylor's numbers were superior to Drexler's. He was a tremendous talent in his own right a great scorer, could rebound the ball, and was underrated defensively. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.
He wore the number 22 for the two teams he played for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets. He played a total of 15 seasons in the NBA.
Drexler averaged 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2 steals, on 47.2 percent shooting, 31.8 percent from three, and 78.8 percent from the free throw line.
His best season in the league came in 1988-1989 when he averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.7 steals, on 49.6 percent shooting, 26 percent from three, and 79.9 percent from the free throw line.
The third best player to wear the 22 jersey was Dave DeBusschere another Hall of Famer he was inducted in 1983.
He was an excellent rebounding forward and a solid scorer. He wore the 22 in all 12 seasons in the NBA. He played for the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.
DeBusschere for his career averaged 16.1 points, 11 rebounds, 2.9 assists, on 43.2 percent shooting, and 69.9 percent from the free throw line.
His best season came in 1967-1968 when he averaged 17.9 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, on 44.2 percent shooting, and 66.4 percent from the free throw line.