The retirement of a jersey is one of the highest honors an NBA player can receive. What’s interesting is that different franchises have different barometers for the career level that guarantees your jersey will be discontinued.
Despite this, some active players have already blocked their jerseys, not only for their current teams, but also for their former teams.
In NBA history only Wilt Chamberlain had the honor of having his number retired from three different clubs. However, we believe two active players could end up joining him on this list.
Below you can check out the current NBA players who deserve to retire one day.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Bucks
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Bucks stats: 22.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 53.4% from the field in 10 seasons
On his way to ending his career in the pantheon of the greatest players in NBA history, Giannis Antetokounmpo In his NBA career, he was all Milwaukee, even choosing to sign an extension with the Bucks rather than testing free will. Even if he leaves Milwaukee later in his career, after several MVP awards and a championship win, his retirement to the Bucks is a castle.
Bradley Beal: Wizards
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Statistics with Wizards: 22.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 45.7% from the field in 11 seasons
Bradley Beal has been nothing short of loyal to the Washington Wizards despite the turmoil and speculation about his future with the franchise. With Beal as the all-time leader in 3-pointers and second in franchise scoring, the Wizards have made the playoffs five times, breaking the first round three times. Washington generously rewarded him, making him one of the highest paid players in league history.
Devin Booker: Suns
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Stats with Sans: 23.6 points, 4.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 45.7% from the field in eight seasons
Sticking with the Phoenix Suns despite having little talent around him early in his career, Devin Booker developed into one of the best shooting guards of his era with Phoenix and was instrumental in the franchise turning the tide to become contenders.
Mike Conley: Grizzlies
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Grizzlies stats: 14.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 44.1% from the field in 12 seasons
One of the most underrated point guards of his time. Mike Conley helped lead the Memphis Grizzlies to great success during his time there. Since Memphis is a small market franchise, it would be surprising if the Grizzlies didn’t retire his jersey after he hung up his sneakers, even though he never made the All-Star team during his time there. Conley leads the Grizzlies franchise in games played, points scored, assists and steals, making him a Memphis basketball legend.
Stephen Curry: Warriors
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Warrior stats: 24.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 47.5% from the field in 14 seasons
One of the greatest players of all time, it’s absolutely uncomplicated. Stephen Curry He currently has four league titles and two league MVP awards, all from his illustrious career with the Golden State Warriors.
Anthony Davis: The Pelicans
Pelicans stats: 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 51.7% from the field in seven seasons
This one is difficult because of the way it ended, with Anthony Davis sitting around demanding a trade and fighting his way into the Los Angeles Lakers. However, if the more cold-hearted eventually take over, Davis truly deserves to have his jersey retired by the New Orleans Pelicans as he is the greatest player to wear their colors in their history.
DeMar DeRozan: Predators
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Stats with the Raptors: 19.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 44.8% from the field in nine seasons
DeMar DeRozan remains a beloved figure in the Toronto Raptors, scoring high and leading the Canadian franchise to massive regular season success in his nine seasons there. DeRozan is the top scorer in Raptors history, leading all Toronto players in points.
Luka Doncic: Mavericks
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Mavericks stats: 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 46.0% from the field in five seasons
We can’t predict the future, but it would be shocking if it didn’t end. Luka Doncic The Dallas Mavericks are taking off their jersey as they are on their way to the Hall of Fame. We confidently say this, despite how young he is. In addition, the Mavericks have Derek Harper as well as Brad Davis T-shirts are out of production. Don’t be offended by these guys, but Doncic is on another level. What’s more, Doncic already has three All-NBA 1st Team nominations, which leaves him one spot on the road to a tie. Dirk Nowitzki all-time in Mavericks history, a feat he is likely to accomplish this year.
Kevin Durant: Warriors, Thunder
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Warrior stats: 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 52.4% from the field in three seasons
Thunder stats: 27.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 48.3% from the field in nine seasons
It’s more likely now Kevin Duran The Oklahoma City Thunder are taking off their jersey, not the Golden State Warriors, but we fully expect both to happen as he is one of the league’s greatest players of all time who has had many great years in both franchises. . Durant led the Warriors to two championships in three years, and could have gone to three had he not broken his Achilles in the 2019 Finals against Toronto. He was the Finals MVP for both, which is a sore point for Warriors fans who are prejudiced against Curry. With the Thunder, Durant reached the Finals once and made the Western Conference Finals four times. He is the Thunder’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and points per game (27.4) and is third in total points per game.
Joel Embiid: 76ers
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Stats since the 76ers: 26.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 52.4% from the field in seven seasons
After a brief spell in the NBA where she seemed to be the centerpiece as we knew she would be phased out, Joel Embiid — along with another big man from the Denver Nuggets — burst onto the scene, finishing multiple times in MVP voting and establishing himself as one of the best big men the league has ever seen. He was also very loyal to the Philadelphia 76ers, for which he would be rewarded by having them take their jersey off of him one day.
Paul George: Pacers
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Pacers stats: 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 52.4% from the field in seven seasons
It may not have ended so well, but Paul George he had one of the best careers in Indiana Pacers history, becoming a powerhouse that played at the elite level on both offense and defense, making the Eastern Conference Finals multiple times before reaching the Finals due to some superteam in the South Beach. .
Rudy Gobert: Jazz
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Jazz stats: 12.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 65.3% from the field in nine seasons
They never got over the hump in the playoffs, but Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz went on to great success together, becoming one of the top teams in the regular season during the French center’s tenure there. Blocking shots, picking up power, Gobert even developed a solid offensive game as a pick-and-roll finisher for the Jazz.
Draymond Green: Warriors
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Warrior stats: 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 44.3% from the field in 11 seasons
Defensive Player of the Year, multiple champion and the heart of the Golden State Warriors dynasty, at least defensively. Draymond Green No doubt his jersey will be retired by the franchise after he retires, even if he ends his career with another team.
Blake Griffin: Clippers
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Clippers stats: 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 51.2% from the field in eight seasons
It may not be remembered because of the way his career unfolded after leaving, but with the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin was one of the best power forwards in the game, with five All-Star teams from 2010-11 to 2014-15 thanks to his elite scoring, rebounding and solid play, as well as his flashy dunks. With a franchise that lacks a glorious history like the Clippers, it leaves little doubt that Griffin will have his jersey removed here. The Clippers were a must-see on television during Griffin’s time there, and he did not leave of his own free will, but was traded after re-signing with the team. How do you feel about loyalty?
James Harden: Rockets
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Missile stats: 29.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 44.3% from the field in nine seasons
He may not be the most popular figure out there right now, but James Harden produced at a level not seen by a Houston Rockets player since Hakim Olajuwon, even being named the league’s MVP for the 2017-18 season. And while it never ended with a title, and even if Harden did break out, eventually the Rockets would take his jersey off.
Udonis Haslem: Heat
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Heating stats: 7.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 44.3% from the field in 20 seasons
From undrafted to a three-time champion and the best franchise player of all time. Udonis Haslem is the prototype rough diamond for Heat, a team famous for turning non-elite leads into high-level contributors. Haslem was one of the first but certainly not the last in the Heat. And while he hasn’t done much on the court for most of his recent career, Haslem is still hugely respected not only in the Heat’s dressing room, but in the city itself for his contributions to off-court society.
Al Horford: Hawks
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Hawk stats: 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 53.5% from the field in nine seasons
In other franchises, it may not be as accurate, but the Atlanta Hawks have a not-quite-crazy history of all-time players rocking their colors, especially as of late. So we believe Al Horfordthe best player on several really good Hawks teams in the late 2000s and early 10s, did enough for Atlanta to consider retiring.