— Runner-up: Allen Iverson Dantley was one of the league’s most explosive scorers for a long time, making six All-Star games and stringing together four straight 30-plus point-per-game seasons in the early ‘80s, twice leading the league in scoring.Though he almost never shot three-pointers, Dantley finished his career with an average of 24.3 points per game on 54% shooting, working creatively to get buckets from the midrange and around the rim.Wade also played at an MVP level over the course of his 2008-09 campaign.— Runner-up: Allen Iverson Before Wade annually sat out half of each season to rest and nurse injuries, “Flash” was one of the most electric players in the league.A three-time MVP, Malone peaked as a Rocket with a 31.1 point, 14.7 rebound campaign in 1982, the year before signing with the Sixers and subsequently leading them to the ‘83 title as Finals MVP.Malone was a statistical behemoth, averaging a double-double as a rookie and never looking back while making several stops around the NBA.— Runner-up: Tim Hardaway Before Thomas’ front office failures, the feisty Chicago product led the “Bad Boy” Pistons to back-to-back championships in 19.
It takes a special player to lead an NBA franchise to its first championship in just his third season.
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.
With Kevin Durant returning to the fold, Westbrook’s numbers may dip, but his efficiency could improve accordingly. — Runner-up: Gilbert Arenas Everyone knows the Big O is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.
What’s lost is the specific stats from Robertson’s most incredible year, in which he posted nightly figures of 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists at age 23, just his second season in the league.
— Runners-up: Kevin Johnson, Carmelo Anthony Younger basketball fans may not remember Kobe Bean donning No.