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. There is a total of four players that have donned the (not so) famous jersey number with one of them playing only one solitary game. Basing the decision purely on productivity while wearing the number 46 alone, a winner has been selected.
With the 83rd pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks selected Dennis Bell from Drake University. At 6’5″ Bell was an under-sized small forward for the Knicks. In his first season he played only the one game, seeing only four minutes of action and one missed field goal attempt was his only statistic. The following season Bell played in 52 games for the Knicks averaging 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in almost nine minutes per game.
Dennis Bell left the NBA in 1975 to play for the EBA’s Allentown Jets and the AABA’s Carolina Lightning respectively.
After his playing days were over, Bell became the President of a non-profit organisation called “Recreational Debut” in 1984. The organisation centered around marketing student athletes and assisting them in gaining exposure to obtain college scholarships.
While Dennis Bell’s NBA numbers do not amaze, he has certainly performed at the highest level of any player to wear the number 46 jersey and has excelled professionally in his post-playing days.
Hoop Diary salutes our all-time greatest number 46, Dennis Bell.
Bell’s career stat line: 2.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game on .374 from the field.