The NBA recently announced that they have chosen to retire the #6 jersey number across the league. This will be done in honor of the late great Bill Russell who passed away over a week ago. The 88-year old passed away naturally. The legend had over half a century of service to the community of basketball.
The former Boston Celtics center won 11 championships during his career, a record can possibly never be broken. Besides basketball, he was an advocate for the black community and fought against several society related issues as well. Retiring his number was only right but it will mean that several players will be affected by it.
Current Top 5 NBA players wearing the number #6
5. Lance Stephenson (Indiana Pacers)
Lance Stephenson has had never iconic moments during his time in the NBA. He currently plays for the Indiana Pacers who signed him earlier this year after moving around different teams. He averaged 11.7 minutes per game mainly contributing towards defensive plays and rebounding.
The forwards has had a lot experience playing with contending teams over the last decade. He briefly played with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on 2018. In 2019, he took his talents overseas and played for the Liaoning Flying Leopards in China.
4. Lou Williams (2022 Free Agent)
Lou Williams is one of the most experienced experienced veterans of the league to date. Drafted in 2005, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers for a few seasons before heading over Atlanta Hawks. His game only got better which eventually earned his multiple Sixth Man of the Year Awards.
He spent one whole season playing alongside the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers. He best seasons came with the LA Clippers form 2017-2020 where averaged a career high 22.6 points per game. After two more season with the Hawks, he is currently a free agent.
3. Kristaps Porzingis (Washington Wizards)
This player may be one of the more underrated players on the list. He was selectedfourth overall in the 2015 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. The city did not appreciate him as much as he deserved to be but after becoming a threat offensively, they realised his worth.
Due to injuries, he spent an entire years away from play. In 2019, the Dallas Mavericks gave him a chance and signed him to play alongside Luka Doncic. He averaged 20 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. The duo lacked chemistry and would not get along which later made them trade the player to this current team.
2. Alex Caruso (Chicago Bulls)
Most of these players have had some court time with the Lakers at some point of their career. Alex Caruso was a G-League prospect who moved his way to the major league. He became a fan favorite with the Lakers due to his explosive nature.
In 2021, Chicago Bulls signed the point guard where he record his best season. The Caru”Show” was a heavy asset on defense leading the league in steals at one point averaging 1.7 per game. Unfortunately, he went down with a season ending wrist injury.
1. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
LeBron James, another NBA great who has done a lot for the league. His time wearing #6 started in 2010 when he joined the Miami Heat. With them he won two MVPs and two titles as well. It goes without saying how incredible he is as a player.
His career with the Lakers began with #23 but he was asked to change it due to the arrival of Anthony Davis. Last season, Bron achieved milestones and averaged 30.3 points per game. He may potentially be the most affect having the most history with the number.