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NOTE: You are voting for which player was the best at the time they were wearing the number, NOT for their entire career (assuming they wore more than one number).

Kevin Johnson - Phoenix Suns (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 00)
Toni Kukoc - Chicago Bulls (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00), Philadelphia 76ers (00, 01), Atlanta Hawks (01, 02), Milwaukee Bucks (03, 04, 05, 06)
Rashard Lewis - Seattle SuperSonics (99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07)
Pete Maravich - New Orleans Jazz (76, 77, 78, 79), Utah Jazz (80)
Jermaine O'Neal - Indiana Pacers (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08), Miami Heat (09, 10), Boston Celtics (11, 12)
Lamar Odom - Los Angeles Clippers (00, 01, 02, 03, 13), Miami Heat (04), Los Angeles Lakers (05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11), Dallas Mavericks (12)
Brandon Roy - Portland Trail Blazers (07, 08, 09, 10, 11)
Kelly Tripucka - Detroit Pistons (82, 83, 84, 85, 86), Utah Jazz (88), Charlotte Hornets (89, 90, 91)
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00/0 - Robert Parish
1 - Tracy McGrady
2 - Moses Malone
3 - Dwyane Wade
4 - Chris Webber
5 - Jason Kidd
6 - Bill Russell
 

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this one is a lot of meh - stellar careers ruined by injury: KJ, Roy other careers unfullfilled due to head and heart issues - need to ruminate on this Lamar had the most talent but...
 

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Pistol Pete
 

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Well, Archibald was only rockin #7 wellll after his prime

1. Pistol Pete
2. Melo
3. Kevin Johnson
 

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Pistol seems like the obvious choice, but I don't know. I think he had a very over-rated NBA career. He only wore #7 with the Jazz and he never once made the playoffs with that team. He might be a better choice for #44.

KJ had the longest run as a good player wearing #7, but he was never a superstar. Melo has only worn the number for a couple years but if we're talking about peak production he might actually be the best to wear it. JO and Roy were both great players as well. Tough one IMO.
 

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I made a homer vote for one of my favorite players ever, the Croatian Sensation... the Waiter... Toni Kukoc.
 

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The only thing that needs to be said here in this thread:

 

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Personally I always thought that KJ was better than Stockton. I'd say he was one of the most underrated players of all time. Never saw Maravich except on film, but I don't really think that there's a lot of substance to him relative to other great player. I'd sure as hell take him in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
 

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Tiny's best seasons were as #10
Never watched him play, but looking at his stats, they're tops when he changed from 10 to 1.
 

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I guess KJ for now, but if Melo keeps up this level of play for another two years or so it will easily be him.

#8 will obviously be Kobe. It will be interesting to see if Kobe will best be remembered as #8 or #24. I think at #24 I'd go with both Moses and Barry over him.
 

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Never watched him play, but looking at his stats, they're tops when he changed from 10 to 1.
his two highest scoring seasons (71-72 & 72-73) were as a King wearing #10 - the season he lead the league in scoring and assists he wore #10
 

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Pistol seems like the obvious choice, but I don't know. I think he had a very over-rated NBA career. He only wore #7 with the Jazz and he never once made the playoffs with that team. He might be a better choice for #44.
Normally I would say the opposite. He did what he did before the NBA finally gave in on the three point shot. If they'd given the Pistol the trey he would have been a video game cheat code.
 

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Pistol seems like the obvious choice, but I don't know. I think he had a very over-rated NBA career. He only wore #7 with the Jazz and he never once made the playoffs with that team. He might be a better choice for #44.
The No. 7 battle will be Pete Maravich's best chance of winning, because Jerry West and George Gervin wore No. 44.

I'll go with Kevin Johnson on this one. Maravich wore No. 7 for only five years and into his third season wearing the number (1977-78) his injuries started derailing his career.

While he was a singularly exciting player to watch, Maravich's style of play never translated into impacting his team's fate because he played like a guy who learned the concept of basketball in a vacuum. He and his father Press were the successful version of Marinovich family experiment -- the mad scientist father consumed with making his son a sports prodigy that they forget to take into account that it is a team sport.
 
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