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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #42

The Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown continues with number 42. Most basketball fans are familiar with the work of James Worthy, complete with his signature beard and goggles. Worthy ran alongside the great Earvin "Magic" Johnson during the "Showtime" Lakers days of the 80's and here we recap his stellar career. Drafted with the first overall pick of the 1982 NBA Draft, James Worthy came to a Los Angeles Lakers team that was fresh off an NBA Championship. Some strange circumstances led to Worthy's pick landing in LA...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #43

We continue the NBA Jersey Countdown with number 43 and a player that all hoops fans will recognise if they watched any NBA basketball at all during the 80's. Jack Sikma was drafted in the first round (8th pick overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. Sikma joined a Seattle squad that included players such as a young Dennis Johnson (2nd year), a winding down Paul Silas and a future Sonics GM in Wally Walker. The team was coming off a 40-42 season in which...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #44

As we continue the Hoop Diary Jersey Countdown we run into a player who is as iconic as they come. We've covered jersey numbers 55-45 and now find ourselves at number 44. Not the most popular number one would think, however 200 players have worn it over the years in both the ABA and NBA combined. Sit back and relax as we present Hoop Diary's all-time greatest number 44. Jerry West was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick in the 1960 NBA...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #45

This feature has been on hiatus since the lockout but we’re back to continue the Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown. You can find all of the previous entries here. Today we focus on the number 45 and bring you our all-time best NBA player to wear that number. Ok, first thing’s first we’re not including Michael Jordan. While it’s obvious to nearly all basketball fans that “MJ” wore the number 45 when returning from his first retirement, we don’t feel he played enough games in it to...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #46

Welcome to another short and sharp edition of the Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown. The lockout may be over but we're not going to stop until we've covered every jersey number down to #1. It's been a fun ride so far and it's only going to get more exciting as we move into the low 40's and 30's. Check out our latest addition to the Countdown, our all-time greatest number 46. The list of players to choose from for the #46 Countdown is small to say the least....

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #47

After a short break, we being you another edition of the Hoop Diary Jersey Countdown. The lockout is still upon us and we hope this little ray of sunshine will help tide you over as we select our all-time greatest ABA/NBA player to wear the number 47. There are more choices available than you may have thought but let's get straight to the action. Enjoy our selection for Hoop Diary's all-time greatest number 47. With the 24th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz selected Russia's...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #48

It's time to take a look at our all-time greatest ABA/NBA #48 as the Hoop Diary Jersey Countdown continues. This one is an easy choice as there's only one player in the history of the League to wear that number. Let's take a look. With the 25th overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft, the Portland Trailblazers selected Walt Gilmore from Fort Valley State University. A 6'6" small forward weighing in at 225 pounds, Walt played small forward for Portland during the 1970-71 season. Finding information on Gilmore has...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #49

The NBA lockout is still in full effect but so is the Hoop Diary Jersey Countdown. We've covered off the 50's and now it's time to delve into the history books to determine the greatest ABA/NBA player to ever wear the number 49. The list is short, so tune in to see who takes the title. Presenting, our greatest ABA/NBA #49 Saying the list is short is actually an understatement as only two players in ABA/NBA history have wore the number 49. The first is a player named...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #50

The off-season search for the NBA's all-time greats continues with the Hoop Diary Jersey Countdown. We've covered all but one of the 50's as we arrive at the half ton. In our effort to keep the NBA fires burning during the lockout, enjoy the next installment as we cover off Hoop Diary's selection for the greatest #50 in ABA/NBA history. There are a lot of pretenders to this throne but only one will be forever known as “The Admiral”. David Robinson revolutionised the centre position with his...

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Hoop Diary NBA Jersey Countdown #51

Hoop Diary's Jersey Countdown series continues as we take a look at our all-time greatest #51 from ABA/NBA history. Starting at #55, the series is well under way as we have named Dikembe Mutombo, Horace Grant, Artis Gilmore and Buck Williams to the Hoop Diary Jersey Countdown Hall of Fame. Who is our greatest #51 in ABA/NBA history? The list of players to wear the number 51 is a short one, currently holding only 37 names. With such a small sample size it should make this selection easier,...

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