NBA Countdown: Which player wore every number best in history?

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Which NBA player wore every number best?
Which NBA player wore every number best?

What began as a fun way to while away the final two months of the NBA offseason — counting down from 55 to 00 in a series of debates about who wore each jersey best — somehow morphed into a full-blown annotated history of the league. Now that we are here, hours before the 2019-20 season commences, we are left with a time capsule of everything that has happened up to this point, complete with tales of everything from World War II heroics and civil rights activism to cocaine, firearms and that time an ABA All-Star vanished off the face of the Earth. It is up to the 500 players currently under contract to add to that history.

Click on each number for a full breakdown of the players who wore it best, including shoutouts, caveats, challengers, the best player wearing it today and the jersey champion. Thank you for following along and enjoy opening night. Let the games begin.

55: Dikembe Mutombo

54: Horace Grant

53: Artis Gilmore

52: Jamaal Wilkes

51: Reggie King

50: David Robinson

49: Shandon Anderson

48: Nazr Mohammed

47: Andrei Kirilenko

46: Aron Baynes

45: Rudy Tomjanovich

44: Jerry West

43: Jack Sikma

42: Connie Hawkins

41: Dirk Nowitzki

40: Shawn Kemp

39: Caldwell Jones

38: Kwame Brown

37: Metta World Peace

36: Rasheed Wallace

35: Kevin Durant

34: Hakeem Olajuwon

33: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

32: Magic Johnson

31: Reggie Miller

30: Stephen Curry

29: Paul Silas

28: Frank Selvy

27: Jack Twyman

26: Kyle Korver

25: Gail Goodrich

24: Rick Barry

23: Michael Jordan

22: Elgin Baylor

21: Tim Duncan

20: Gary Payton

19: Willis Reed

18: Dave Cowens

17: John Havlicek

16: Bob Lanier

15: Tommy Heinsohn

14: Oscar Robertson

13: Wilt Chamberlain

12: John Stockton

11: Isiah Thomas

10: Walt Frazier

9: Bob Pettit

8: Kobe Bryant

7: Carmelo Anthony

6: Bill Russell

5: Kevin Garnett

4: Dolph Schayes

3: Allen Iverson

2: Kawhi Leonard

1: Tracy McGrady

00: Robert Parish

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Ben Rohrbach is a staff writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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