What does a jersey number mean to an athlete? Why do they choose it? Who are the best NBA players to wear each one?
Players of all ages have a million different reasons for picking the jersey number that they have. Once the right number is chosen, it becomes difficult to change as it soon becomes part of one's identity.
Regardless of the reason, jersey numbers have become something very important in sports. Originally designed to merely distinguish between players on the court, the jersey and its number have evolved into an important part of the game for the individual player, the team and its fans.
Replica jerseys of popular players are worn by fans in every NBA arena in the country. They are made into T-shirts, hand bags, backpacks and even hats.
The best ones in the history of each team hang from the ceiling of many arenas. Those honor the best players are retired and will not be used for that team again.
So which players stand out at each jersey number that was used in the NBA last season?
This list will examine the players who wore each number from 00 to 88 and answer the question as to who is the best at each one.
For many of the jersey numbers, it was easy to determine the best player. Some were one of only a few to wear that number, some were just superstars, and some have had a great career and are known for their jersey.
While some may be obvious, there will be some on this list that may surprise you. Check out the following slides to see who is the best player in the league with each number.
As usual, please let me know what you think, which is your favorite jersey, player or number and who is the best in history with that number.
If a number is skipped, it means that there was not a player who wore that number last season.