Here are the best NBA players to wear jersey numbers 00-99, although some numbers have never been worn in the NBA. Our one stipulation was that obviously worthy players not be shoehorned into this list if they wore a particular number only briefly. Thus, no Michael Jordan at 45, the number he wore for 17 games after returning from his first retirement during the 1994–95 season, before switching back to his familiar 23.
Jersey numbers are oftentimes an afterthought, arbitrarily handed out to a player with little rhyme or reason. For the greats of the game, though, those numbers become part of their identity—a characteristic every bit as recognizable as a running style or throwing motion. So which names do SI's Chris Burke and Doug Farrar think of when it comes to each individual number? Here are the best NFL players of the Super Bowl era who wore jersey numbers 00–99.