Looking at sports history and reminiscing about legendary players from different eras is a fun pastime for most sports fans. These great players kindle fond memories. The attraction of the great ones to the fans may come in various avenues; their statistics, what they did in big moments, individual awards, or how they led their team to a title.
We connect to these players on so many levels, but a common thread is to remember them by jersey number. Babe Ruth’s number 3, Wayne Gretzky’s 99, Jordan’s 23, or a Walter Payton 34 jersey are all iconic and fun to remember.
SHN Project: Best Team By Jersey Number
Our Sports History Network team would like to solicit your help in putting a fun twist on your sports memories by kicking off an endeavor to field the best pro basketball teams by jersey number. That team should consist of a Point Guard (PG), Shooting Guard (SG), Center (C ), Small Forward (PF), and Strong Forward (SF).
If a player is listed as playing that position in their career, they become eligible to play it on our team. Additional criteria are that they had to play in the BAA, NBL, NBA, or ABA and wear the jersey number for at least a part of 5 different seasons. Our team of SHN experts will provide some information, personal preferences, and other tidbits about the players of each to help you make an informed decision in the poll we will provide. After the deadline is reached, we will post the results on JerseyDispatch.com.
In this segment, we will start with the players that wore 0 or 00. Okay, they are two different numbers; to reduce confusion, we will count them the same for this exercise. Let’s look at the candidates that meet our qualifying criteria for each position to aid you in making a decision. We will cover each position in the next five days for 0 and 00 and then ask you to vote. Up today will be the players that qualify at Small Forward.
Small Forward Candidates (Jersey # 0 and 00)
Walter McCarty: played the positions of PF and SF for the Boston Celtics (98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05), Phoenix Suns (05), and Los Angeles Clippers (06) for eight productive NBA seasons. He registered 3056 career points, helped with 670 assists, banged the boards for 1554 rebounds, and blocked 173 shots.
Darrell Arthur: played the positions of PF and SF for the Memphis Grizzlies (09, 10, 11, 13), and Denver Nuggets (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) dor eight NBA seasons, sinking 3282 career points, creating 409 assists, grabbing 1768 rebounds, and blocking 307 shots in his long career.
Aaron Gordon: played the positions of PF and SF for the Orlando Magic (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) for seven years. In his NBA career, he was responsible for 6182 points, providing 1193 assists, snagging 3036 rebounds, and rejecting 312 shots from the opposition.
Orlando Woolridge: Played Small Forward with the Chicago Bulls (82, 83, 84, 85, 86), New Jersey Nets (87, 88), Los Angeles Lakers (89, 90), Denver Nuggets (91), Detroit Pistons (92, 93), and Philadelphia 76ers (94) organizations for eight seasons wearing the number. For his career, he scored 13623 points, dished out 1609 assists, brought in 3696 rebounds, and blocked 569 shots.
Shawn Marion: played the positions of PF and SF for the Dallas Mavericks (10, 11, 12, 13, 14), donning the jersey numbers for five years. During his career, he put in 17700 points, gave out 2198 assists, recorded 10101 rebounds, and swatted away 1233 shots from the opposition.
Jayson Tatum: played the positions of PF and SF for the Boston Celtics (18, 19, 20, 21, 22) in five seasons with these digits on his jersey. Tatum scored 6439 points, assisted teammates to score 896 times, hit the boards for 2096 rebounds, and blocked 229 shots during his entire career. Dan Neumann of the hit Sports History Network Podcast Hello Old Sports, adds this about Tatum: “Already a 3-time All-Star at 24 years of age, Brown has led the Celtics in scoring each of the past three seasons. Along with Jaylen Brown, he led the Celtics to the finals in 2022, and Boston fans hope the two will power the Celtics for years to come.”
C.J. Miles: was a jack-of-all-trades type of player as he held down the positions of SF, SG, and PG during his NBA time with the Cleveland Cavaliers (13, 14), Indiana Pacers (15, 16, 17), and Toronto Raptors (18, 19)in five years of wearing the jersey numbers. He produced 8108 points, handed out 914 assists, brought in 2011 rebounds, and blocked 254 shots for his NBA career.