Kyrie Irving rocked number two while winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 2023 NBA playoffs have commenced.

Sure, injuries to stars like Ja Morant, Tyler Herro and Giannis Antetokounmpo have soured the usually festive mood.

However, this year the championship is up for grabs with no true super team or outright favorite.

That is exciting for basketball fans because maybe some unusual suspects might hoist the championship trophy for the first time.

Can you imagine the NBA champion Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies or Phoenix Suns?

True basketball fans know the names of the new stars.

But how dope would it be for players like Paul George, Nikola Jokic or De’Aaron Fox to hoist the Bill Russell trophy, signifying the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player?

This is truly a new day for the NBA with legends like LeBron James and Stephen Curry at the latter stages of their storied careers.

James truly represents the new school superstar who changes their number mid-career even when staying with their current franchise.

The late, great Kobe Bryant changed his number from eight to 24 during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sure, Michael Jordan mistakenly rocked number 45 after his first NBA return from retirement.

But like Orlando Magic legend Nick Anderson once said, number 45 was not 23.

In today’s era of huge jersey sales, changing one’s number can increase revenue.

Houston Rockets shooting guard Jalen Green changed his number to four (his preferred number entering the NBA) from zero this season.

That’s Generation Z for you!

But has love for the new school ballers and the old school hoopers.

Therefore, Regal wanted to pay homage to the those from the beginning of the NBA to present day by honoring the best NBA players to wear certain jersey numbers.

Additionally, has included runners-up for many of the jersey numbers because like Lays, it is impossible to have just one.

The best player is the first name that appears after a number.

And the runner-up is the second name that appears.

For the most part, a player can only appear on this list once.

Why not a solid rule?

Well, it is hard to find many players who rocked numbers like 96 and 73.

Only two players were good enough and unique enough to choose those obscure jersey numbers anyway.

Those two eccentric hoopers are Dennis Rodman and Ron Artest, better (or not) known as Metta World Peace or whatever it is now.

So, without further ado, check out Regal Mag’s list of the best NBA players to rock every number.

0–Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard

00–Robert Parrish, Kevin Duckworth

1—Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway

2–Kyrie Irving—Kawhi Leonard

3–Dwayne Wade, Allen Iverson

4–Joe Dumars, Charles Barkley

5—Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett

6–Bill Russell, Julius Erving

7–Pete Maravich, Nate “Tiny” Archibald

8–Kobe Bryant, Antoine Walker

9–Bob Pettit, Tony Parker

10—Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Steve Nash

11–Isiah Thomas, Klay Thompson

12–John Stockton, Ja Morant

13–Wilt Chamberlain, James Harden

14–Oscar Robertson, Bob Cousy

15–Nikola Jokic, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe  

16—Peja Stojakovic, Pau Gasol

17–John Havlicek, Chris Mullin

18–Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell

19–Willis Reed, Lenny Wilkens

20—Gary Payton, Manu Ginobli

21–Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins

22–Elgin Baylor, Clyde Drexler

23–Michael Jordan, LeBron James

24–Moses Malone, Rick Barry

25—Gail Goodrich, Mark Price

26—Kyle Korver, Hedo Turkoglu

27–Jamal Murray, Rudy Gobert

28–Alperen Sengun, Andre Iguodala

29—Marcus Camby, Pervis Ellison

30–Stephen Curry, Bernard King

31–Reggie Miller, Shawn Marion

32—Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Karl Malone

33–Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird

34–Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal

35–Kevin Durant, Reggie Lewis

36–Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Smart

37–Ron Artest (Metta World Peace), Nick Van Exel

38—Kwame Brown, Dale Wilkinson

39—Dwight Howard, Greg Ostertag

40—Shawn Kemp, James Donaldson

41—Dirk Nowitzki, Wes Unseld

42—James Worthy, Connie Hawkins

43—Brad Daugherty, Jack Sikma

44—Jerry West, George Gervin

45—Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Tomjanovich

46—Bo Outlaw, Jason Collins

47—Andrei Kirilenko, Scott Williams

48—Walt Gilmore

49—Shandon Anderson

50—David Robinson, Zach Randolph

51—Lawrence Funderburke

52–Jamaal Wilkes, Buck Williams

53—Artis Gilmore, Darryl Dawkins

54—Horace Grant, Charles Smith

55-Dikembe Mutombo, Eddie House

56—Francisco Elson

57—not applicable

58—not applicable

59—RayJon Tucker

60—not applicable

61—not applicable

62—Scott Pollard

63—not applicable

64—not applicable

65—not applicable

66—Prince Brookfield

67—not applicable

68—not applicable

69—not applicable

70—Dennis Rodman

71—Willie Nauls

72—Jason Kapono

73—Dennis Rodman

74—not applicable

75—not applicable

76—Shawn Bradley

77—Vladimir Radmanovich

78—not applicable

79—n0t applicable

80—not applicable

81—not applicable

82—not applicable

83—not applicable

84—Chris Webber

85—not applicable

86—not applicable

87—not applicable

88—Nicolas Batum

89—Clyde Lovellette

90—Drew Gooden

91—Dennis Rodman

92—Deshawn Stevenson

93—Ron Artest (Metta World Peace)

94—not applicable

95—not applicable

96—Ron Artest (Metta World Peace)

97—not applicable

98—Chet Aubuchon

99—George Mikan

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