Sam Cassell, a four-time All-Star, three-time champion, and creator of the Big Balls Dance, wore No. 10 for the most of his career, including his first two championship seasons with the Houston Rockets. He did wear No. 28 on his journey to a third ring at the age of 38, playing sparingly as a backup point guard for the Boston Celtics in 2008. However, he never started a game for Boston.
Number 28 has been worn by several players over the years, most recently by Justin Hamilton of the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2015-16 season. Hamilton is the only player so far to have more than one stint as a starter if you include his days as a Rocket when Cassell wore the number.
Other players to wear it include: Rod Strickland, Harvey Grant, and Don Chaney. The number was retired throughout the NBA following Cassell's third championship in 2004.
Harvey Grant played 11 games for the Detroit Pistons in 1969-70 before being injured. He returned the next season but was again injured after six games and lost for the season. The 27-year-old left wing died in an automobile accident on October 21, 1970.
Don Chaney played in just five games for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1968-69 before being injured. He returned the next season but was then released by the team. The 31-year-old center died from a heart attack on April 15, 1969.
The most renowned person to wear the No. 32 jersey is Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson, who wore it for the Purple and Gold during his NBA career. Johnson, regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, had his jersey retired in 1992 following an incredible career that included MVPs, championships, and FMVPs.
There have been other notable players to don the number including Oscar Robertson, Bill Walton, and Rick Fox.
Today, No. 32 is the number worn by Laker legend Kobe Bryant before he died in January 2016.
Mo Williams, one of the NBA's most unlikely All-Stars, Rick Barry, a Hall of Famer and shady free-throw shooter, wore No. 2 during the two seasons in which he was not an All-Star. Kevin Garnett, the soon-to-be Hall of Famer who wore No. 2 for the Brooklyn Nets for two seasons in honor of Malik Sealy. The number was given to him by his father because he wanted someone else to wear it after his death.
Garnett is the only other player in NBA history to have his number retired by his team. He is also the only player in NBA history to have his numbers (5) retired by both the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
When Derek Fisher became the new coach of the New Orleans Pelicans this season, he decided to give out the first two jerseys worn by Anthony Davis when he was drafted by the franchise in 2013. One of them will be sold online with proceeds going to charity while the other will be given to a fan that wins a raffle.
The first jersey sold online for $15,000 while the second was sold for $20,000. Both prices include shipping within the United States.
Anthony Davis is considered one of the best power forwards in the NBA. He has won several awards including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Defensive Player of the Year.
Kobe Bryant was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for ten years, from 1997 to 2006. Since coming into the NBA as a fresh-faced 18-year-old, Bryant has probably been one of the finest players to ever play the game. He is a four-time NBA champion, three-time MVP, and has won more than 50 games in a season six times. Although he never achieved as much success while with the Philadelphia 76ers or Chicago Bulls, he is still considered one of the greatest shooters of all time.
Bryant's uniform number was originally intended for Jerry West, but when West moved to the front office after drafting Bryant, he took over as coach of the Lakers. West used numbers 1 through 7 during his career as a Laker, so he gave those numbers to other players who were on his roster at the time. The only number that remained unassigned was 8, so it became available for use by Bryant.
He started wearing it from the beginning of the 2007-08 season, when he helped lead the Lakers to their first championship in nine years.
After his retirement in 2016, Bryant announced that he would be changing his trademarked shoe logo to include the number 8. This marks the first time in NBA history that a player has changed his logo to include a number after he has retired from basketball.
Andrew Wiggins is the most well-known contemporary player to wear the number 22. Some extremely excellent players, most notably Clyde Drexler and Moses Malone when playing with the Jazz, have also worn this jersey number in the past. When he played with the Kings, Isaiah Thomas (not the Pistons' Isaiah Thomas) wore number 22.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, often known as Big Z, was a two-time All-Star and the inspiration for a rule that prohibits teams from reacquiring a player transferred within the same league year. The Cleveland Cavaliers retired his No. 11. Which NBA player best wore the number 11?
In the basketball world, numbers like 23 have been made famous by players like Michael Jordan, and the legacy of the iconic number has been carried on by people like LeBron James. However, discussion of these jersey numbers is fraught with controversy since it raises the question, "Who was the best NBA player to wear that specific jersey number?"
Hines Ward of the Steelers is the choice for greatest player to wear the #86 on his back, with two Super Bowl rings, four Pro Bowl appearances, and over 12,000 receiving yards.
Considering LeBron wore No. 6 for a few seasons in Miami, Russell wore it for his whole career—a career in which he averaged 22.5 rebounds per game. Russell, regarded as one of the finest defensive players of all time, guided the Celtics to 11 championships.