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Top 15 Players Who Have Worn The No. 23 Since Michael Jordan Retired

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Michael Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history, and everyone knows that he wore the No. 23. How many fans bought that jersey? Maybe all the other jersey sales in NBA history couldn't match the amount of MJ jerseys sold.

23 is the most famous number in the world, and many young players want to wear that number because of Michael Jordan. According to Basketball Reference, 219 players have worn the No. 23 in NBA and ABA history, but only one of them was MJ.

A while ago, it was rumored that the NBA would retire the No. 23, so no other player in the NBA going forward could wear it as their jersey number. But they didn't, so players continue to wear that famous number to this day.

Even LeBron James wanted all players to surrender 23:

"I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon," said James, who has worn 23 since he was a high school sophomore. "There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn't Michael Jordan first.

"He can't get the logo [Hall of Famer Jerry West's silhouette adorns the NBA's logo], and if he can't, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. I'm starting a petition, and I've got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it. Now, if I'm not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it."

The NBA has never retired a number similar to what Major League Baseball did with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 and what the NHL did with Wayne Gretzky's No. 99, and it has never considered doing so, putting the matter in the category of uncharted territory.

"Retiring a player's number is a decision that has always been made by the teams," league spokesman Tim Frank said Friday.

Check the Top 15 players who have worn the No. 23 since Michael Jordan retired.

15. Ruben Patterson

Career Stats: 10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2006-2008

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14. Derek Anderson

Career Stats: 12.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 1998-1999, 2006-2007

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13. Ersan Ilyasova

Career Stats: 11.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2015-2016

Oct 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Ersan Ilyasova (23) reacts to a play as Atlanta Hawks forward Tiago Splitter (11) is shown in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Pistons won 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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12. Marcus Thornton

Career Stats: 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2010-2014

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11. Quentin Richardson

Career Stats: 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2005-2009

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10. Louis Williams

Career Stats: 11.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2005-2012

Nov 21, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams (23) celebrates a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Bucks 124-83. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

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9. JR Smith

Career Stats: 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists

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Years He Wore No. 23: 2004-2006

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  J.R. Smith #23 of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets looks on during a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Arena in Oakland on November 28, 2005 in Oakland, California.  The Warriors won 99-83.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE  (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** J.R. Smith

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8. Wesley Matthews

Career Stats: 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2009-2010, 2015-?

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7. Kevin Martin

Career Stats: 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2004-2010, 2012-2014

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6. Jason Richardson

Career Stats: 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2001-2014

Sep 29, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson (23) during media day at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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5. Draymond Green 

Career Stats: 9.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2012-?

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4. Ron Artest

Career Stats: 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2002-2004

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3. Marcus Camby

Career Stats: 9.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 1998-2013

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2. Anthony Davis

Career Stats: 22.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks

Years He Wore No. 23: 2012-?

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1. LeBron James

Career Stats: 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists

Years He Wore No. 23: 2003-2010, 2014-?

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