Glance at the number 23 and an NBA fan will immediately think of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

But who was the best No. 23 in basketball history, His Airness or King James?

Look at No. 33 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Larry Bird come to mind.

But who was the best No. 33, the Captain or Larry Legend?

Debates like these make sports great. And with the coronavirus grinding life as we knew it to a temporary halt, we need some fun these days.

These are our picks for the best player at each jersey number, Nos. 00 to No. 99, but the exercise isn’t nearly as simple as it might seem. A few necessary qualifiers here before we get the discussion going:

• The jersey disclaimer: Each player is being evaluated for how he played while he wore each specific jersey number under consideration. Patrick Ewing, for instance, wore No. 6 during his final NBA season, his undistinguished 65 games with the Orlando Magic. But as we considered the best…





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