Wednesday

NBA Athlete Number 90 - Drew Gooden

He's worn three numbers (counting zero as a number) using both 0 and 9.  0, 9 and 90.  Drew Gooden is being recognized here as the best NBAer to ever wear number 90.

Gooden, taken with the 4th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Grizzlies out of Kansas,
would begin his rookie season in Memphis, but finish it in Orlando.  It wasn't until he reach
Cleveland in 2004-05 however, that he would begin wearing jersey number 90.

It was while wearing number 90 with the Cavaliers, that Gooden would score over 1,000 points.  He had two and a half more very productive offensive seasons in Cleveland, before spending parts of two seasons as a Bull, while again wearing 90.

Gooden was committed to the number 90, wearing it in stints with the Kings, Spurs and Mavericks over the next two seasons.

Did you know...............Gooden was named the Player of the Year in 2002 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, for his play as a Kansas Jayhawk?  

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NBA Athlete Number 89 - Clyde Lovellette

Clyde Lovellette wore the jersey number 89 for the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954.  He would score 588 points in 72 games that season, and would go on to change his jersey number to 34, except for a brief stint with the Celtics in 1963, when he would wear number 4.

Did you know..........Lovellette won the 1952 NCAA Championship in 1952 while playing with Kansas?

sources:  wikipedia, basketball-reference.com

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Tuesday

NBA Athlete Number 88 - Nicolas Batum

No number 87, so we're on to number 88.  And Nicolas Batum, the 25th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, taken by the Houston Rockets, is the best to wear the number.  Batum was born in 1988, so is it possible that's the reason he wears the number, a la Sid-the-Kid in the NHL?

Batum was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade on draft day.  In three seasons with the Trail Blazers, Batum has scored 1,791 regular season points with 722 boards.

Did you know........Batum was born in France?

sources:  nba.com, basketball-reference.com

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Sunday

NBA Athlete Number 86 - Semih Erden

Nobody has chosen to wear jersey number 86 until 2011.  So, it's kinda strange that two athletes on the same professional team would choose to wear the number in the same season.  

Both Semih Erden and Chris Johnson wore 86 for the Boston Celtics in 2011.  Now, we know from previous posts, that the Celtics are running out of numbers to give to athletes, because they've retired so many.  Still strange to see that number worn twice in a season, though.  

Semih Erden gets the nod here, because he wore the number for a longer period of time, and therefore put up more stats, and because I like his first name.  First time I've come across that name.  

Erden scored 150 points in 37 games for the Celts in 2011.  

Did you know....................Erden was born in Turkey?   

source:  basketball-reference.com

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NBA Athlete Number 85 - Baron Davis

Another high jersey number, another unpopular jersey number.  85 has been worn by one NBA athlete, Baron Davis, for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011.  Davis supposedly wore number 85 to honor his Grandparents who lived on 85th street in Los Angeles, CA.

Davis has primarily worn jersey numbers 1 and 5 throughout his NBA career, spent with the Hornets, Warriors and Clippers.  While in Cleveland in 2011, Davis played in just 15 regular season games with the Cavs, netting 208 points for a 13.9 per game average.

Did you know...............Davis was the 3rd overall draft pick in 1999 out of UCLA?

source:  basketball-reference.com

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NBA Athlete Number 84 - Chris Webber

Plenty of numbers available for NBA athletes who want to make a number their own.  The numbers 78, 79, 80, 81, 82 and 83 are all up for grabs.  Kind of hard to believe actually.  When you look at a league like the NHL or the NFL, where a player has worn every jersey number from 1 through 99, it's kind of hard to believe that there are so many open jersey numbers in the NBA.

But, here we are.  And jersey number 84 has only even been worn in one season, by Chris Webber of the Detroit Pistons.  In 2007 Webber wore 84 in 43 regular season games for the Motor City NBA team.

Webber, of course, had a long a distinguished NBA career.  We won't go into all of his accomplishments over his career here.  What we will say, is that Webber scored 486 points and pulled down 288 boards in his time with Detroit.  (If you want to see all of his career NBA stats go to basketball-reference.com.)

Did you know..............Chris Webber was born in Detroit?

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Friday

NBA Athlete Number 77 - Gheorghe Muresan

The best NBA athlete to wear number 77, is also one of the tallest players ever in professional basketball.  Maybe not so coincidentally, Gheorghe Muresan stood on the court at 7 feet 7 inches, while wearing the jersey number 77.

The 30th overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft taken by the Washington Bullets (now Wizards), Muresan would play four seasons in D.C.  He would top out with 1,104 points scored in his third season, 1995-96.  This performance would earn Muresan the Most Improved Player award, which was also assisted by his 172 shots blocked (8th overall that year).  

After a release by the Bullets, Muresan joined the New Jersey Nets in 1999, playing in just one game.  He would round out his career by playing in 30 games the next season with the Nets.

Over six NBA seasons, Muresan would score 3,020 points, block 455 shots, and pull down 1,957 boards.

Did you know........Muresan twice led the NBA in field goal percentage?

sources:  basketball-reference.com; wikipedia.com

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