There was some competition at least for the number two and three spots for players who wore the jersey number 42. Number one there really was no doubt and that was Nate Thurmond.
Quite possibly one of the truly underrated big men to ever play the game and a great scorer and rebounder, Thurmond entered the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.
In his career he averaged 15 points, 15 rebounds, 2.7 assists, on 42.1 percent shooting, and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
James Worthy is the second best player to wear the jersey number 42. He was a member of the Showtime Lakers teams that was so dominant in the 80s.
In his career Worthy averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, on 52.1 percent shooting, 76.9 percent from the free throw line, has a Finals MVP award, and was a member of three championship teams.
The third best player to wear the number 42 is Elton Brand. Although, injuries have slowed down his career as of late, he was a tremendous player and, if he had an owner to spend money around him, he'd have more playoff appearances than just one.
Brand, in his career so far, has averaged 19.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two blocks, on 50.1 percent shooting, 73.6 percent from the free throw line, and has a Rookie of the Year Award.