List of National Basketball Association retired numbers
As a way to honor key contributors including players, coaches, fans, broadcasters and announcers, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams often retire their jersey numbers, win totals or microphones. In the case of jersey numbers, they are usually no longer available for future players to wear, although they can ask for permission from players whose jerseys are retired. Teams usually display these numbers by hanging banners on the rafters inside their home arena. As of 2019[update], three teams, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Toronto Raptors do not have any retired numbers, although the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies has stated that he will retire number 33 of Marc Gasol in a future.
|Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame|
|No.||Name||Team||Pos.||Years with franchise||Note||Refs|
|9||Bob Pettit||Atlanta Hawks||F||1954–1965||Did not play for franchise in Atlanta. Played in Milwaukee during rookie season of 1954–55, then remainder of career in St. Louis.|||
|21||Dominique Wilkins||Atlanta Hawks||F||1982–1994||Currently team vice president and television color analyst.|||
|23||Lou Hudson||Atlanta Hawks||F||1966–1977||The team was in St. Louis in his first two seasons (1966–1968).|||
|44||Pete Maravich||Atlanta Hawks||G||1970–1974|
|55||Dikembe Mutombo||Atlanta Hawks||C||1996–2001|
|59||Kasim Reed||Atlanta Hawks||—||2010–2018||As mayor of Atlanta. Number represents his status as the 59th mayor of the city.|
|—||Ted Turner||Atlanta Hawks||—||1977–2001||As team owner. While the team presented Turner a framed Hawks jersey with No. 17, the banner raised to the rafters carried an old Hawks logo with Turner's name instead of a number.|||
|00||Robert Parish||Boston Celtics||C||1980–1994|||
|1||Walter A. Brown||Boston Celtics||—||1946–1964||As team founder–owner.|||
|2||Red Auerbach||Boston Celtics||—||1950–2006||As head coach (1950–1966) and executive (1950–2006).|||
|3||Dennis Johnson||Boston Celtics||G||1983–1990||Served as assistant coach from 1993 to 1997.|||
|5||Kevin Garnett||Boston Celtics||F/C||2007–2013||To be retired during the 2020–21 season.|||
|6||Bill Russell||Boston Celtics||C||1956–1969||Also served as head coach (1966–1969).|||
|10||Jo Jo White||Boston Celtics||G||1969–1979|||
|14||Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||G||1950–1963||Later served as team ambassador and color analyst.|||
|15||Tom Heinsohn||Boston Celtics||F||1956–1965||Also served as head coach (1969–1978); as broadcaster (1980–present).|||
|16||Satch Sanders||Boston Celtics||F||1960–1973||Also served as head coach (1978).|||
|17||John Havlicek||Boston Celtics||F||1962–1978|||
|18||Dave Cowens||Boston Celtics||C||1970–1980||Also served as head coach (1978–1979).|||
|19||Don Nelson||Boston Celtics||F||1965–1976|||
|21||Bill Sharman||Boston Celtics||G||1951–1961|||
|22||Ed Macauley||Boston Celtics||C||1950–1956|||
|23||Frank Ramsey||Boston Celtics||F||1954–1964||Did not play in the 1955–56 season due to military service.|||
|24||Sam Jones||Boston Celtics||G||1957–1969|||
|25||K. C. Jones||Boston Celtics||G||1958–1967||Also served as head coach (1983–1988).|||
|31||Cedric Maxwell||Boston Celtics||F||1977–1985||Also served as broadcaster (2001–present); briefly wore no. 30 in 1977–78.|||
|32||Kevin McHale||Boston Celtics||F||1980–1993|||
|33||Larry Bird||Boston Celtics||F||1979–1992|||
|34||Paul Pierce||Boston Celtics||F||1998–2013|
|35||Reggie Lewis||Boston Celtics||G||1987–1993||Died of a heart attack while still playing for the team; number retired posthumously.|||
|LOSCY||Jim Loscutoff||Boston Celtics||F||1955–1964||Wore no. 18 but decided to keep it active; number ultimately retired for Dave Cowens.|||
|Johnny Most||Boston Celtics||—||1953–1990||As broadcaster.|||
|3||Dražen Petrović||Brooklyn Nets||G||1991–1993||Died in a car crash while playing for the team; with the team when it was known as the New Jersey Nets. His jersey was retired posthumously.|||
|5||Jason Kidd||Brooklyn Nets||G||2001–2008||The team was then the New Jersey Nets.
Also served as head coach (2013–2014).
|23||John Williamson||Brooklyn Nets||G||1973–1980||During his first four seasons (1973–1977), the team was on Long Island and known as the New York Nets; for the rest of his career with the team, it was the New Jersey Nets.|||
|25||Bill Melchionni||Brooklyn Nets||G||1969–1976||The team was then on Long Island as the New York Nets.|||
|32||Julius Erving||Brooklyn Nets||F||1973–1976||The team was then on Long Island as the New York Nets.|||
|52||Buck Williams||Brooklyn Nets||F||1981–1989||The team was then the New Jersey Nets.|||
|13||Bobby Phills||Charlotte Hornets||G||1997–2000||Died in a car crash while playing for the original incarnation of the team. His jersey was retired posthumously.|
|4||Jerry Sloan||Chicago Bulls||G||1966–1976||Also served as head coach (1979–1982).|||
|10||Bob Love||Chicago Bulls||F||1968–1976||Bulls Director of Community Affairs since 1993|||
|23||Michael Jordan||Chicago Bulls||G||1984–1993
|Briefly wore no. 45 in 1995 & 12 for one game in 1990 (due to his jersey stolen).|||
|33||Scottie Pippen||Chicago Bulls||F||1987–1998
|—||Phil Jackson||Chicago Bulls||—||1989–1998||As head coach (1989–1998).|||
|—||Jerry Krause||Chicago Bulls||—||1985–2003||As general manager (1985–2003).|||
|7||Bingo Smith||Cleveland Cavaliers||F||1970–1979|||
|11||Zydrunas Ilgauskas||Cleveland Cavaliers||C||1997–2010||Did not play in 1999–2000 season due to injury.|||
|22||Larry Nance||Cleveland Cavaliers||F||1988–1994||Briefly wore no. 6 in 1988.
Number unretired for his son Larry Nance Jr. since 2018.
|25||Mark Price||Cleveland Cavaliers||G||1986–1995|||
|34||Austin Carr||Cleveland Cavaliers||G||1971–1980|||
|42||Nate Thurmond||Cleveland Cavaliers||C||1975–1977|||
|43||Brad Daugherty||Cleveland Cavaliers||C||1986–1994|||
|Joe Tait||Cleveland Cavaliers||—||1970–1981
|12||Derek Harper||Dallas Mavericks||G||1983–1994
|15||Brad Davis||Dallas Mavericks||G||1980–1992|||
|22||Rolando Blackman||Dallas Mavericks||G||1981–1992|||
|2||Alex English||Denver Nuggets||F||1980–1990|||
|12||Fat Lever||Denver Nuggets||G||1984–1990|
|33||David Thompson||Denver Nuggets||F||1975–1982|||
|40||Byron Beck||Denver Nuggets||C||1967–1977|||
|44||Dan Issel||Denver Nuggets||C||1975–1985||Worked a variety roles in the Nuggets organization after retirement, including broadcaster (1988–1992), head coach (1992–1995, 1999–2001), and president/general manager (1998–1999)|||
|55||Dikembe Mutombo||Denver Nuggets||C||1991–1996|||
|432||Doug Moe||Denver Nuggets||—||1980–1990||As head coach; the number represents his 432 victories coaching the Nuggets.|||
|1||Chauncey Billups||Detroit Pistons||G||2002–2008
|Number worn by Reggie Jackson at the time of the announcement, and was allowed to keep it until his departure in 2020.|
|2||Chuck Daly||Detroit Pistons||—||1983–1992||As head coach; the number represents the two NBA championship teams he coached.|||
|3||Ben Wallace||Detroit Pistons||C||2000–2006
|Number worn by Stanley Johnson at the time of the announcement; switched to No. 7 before the 2016–17 season out of respect to Wallace.
Also wore no. 6 from 2009 to 2012.
|4||Joe Dumars||Detroit Pistons||G||1985–1999||Also served as team president (2000–2014).|||
|10||Dennis Rodman||Detroit Pistons||F||1986–1993||Greg Monroe wore the number at the time of the announcement, and was allowed to wear it until his departure in 2015.|||
|11||Isiah Thomas||Detroit Pistons||G||1981–1994||Wore no. 42 for one playoff game in 1985 (due to his jersey stolen).|||
|15||Vinnie Johnson||Detroit Pistons||G||1981–1991||Served as a color analyst on Pistons radio broadcasts (1990-2001)|||
|16||Bob Lanier||Detroit Pistons||C||1970–1980|||
|21||Dave Bing||Detroit Pistons||G||1966–1975||Served as the 74th mayor of Detroit (2009–2013)|||
|32||Richard Hamilton||Detroit Pistons||G/F||2002–2011|
|40||Bill Laimbeer||Detroit Pistons||C||1982–1993|||
|—||William Davidson||Detroit Pistons||—||1974–2009||As team owner.|||
|—||Jack McCloskey||Detroit Pistons||—||1979–1992||As general manager.|||
|13||Wilt Chamberlain||Golden State Warriors||C||1959–1965||Team was in Philadelphia (1959–1962) and in San Francisco (1962–1965). Only player to have the same number retired by three different teams (Golden State, L.A. Lakers and Philadelphia)|||
|14||Tom Meschery||Golden State Warriors||F||1961–1967||Team was in Philadelphia (1961–1962) and San Francisco (1962–1967).|||
|16||Al Attles||Golden State Warriors||G||1960–1971||Also served as head coach (1969–1983).|||
|17||Chris Mullin||Golden State Warriors||SG/SF||1985–1997
|Also served as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations (2004–2009).|||
|24||Rick Barry||Golden State Warriors||F||1965–1967
|42||Nate Thurmond||Golden State Warriors||C||1963–1974||Team bore the San Francisco name 1963–1971 before adopting the Golden State name starting with the 1971–72 season.|||
|11||Yao Ming||Houston Rockets||C||2002–2011|
|22||Clyde Drexler||Houston Rockets||G||1995–1998||Also served as broadcaster (2005–present).|||
|23||Calvin Murphy||Houston Rockets||G||1970–1983||Also served as broadcaster (1985–2004).|||
|24||Moses Malone||Houston Rockets||C||1976–1982||Wore no. 21 during the 1976–77 season.|||
|34||Hakeem Olajuwon||Houston Rockets||C||1984–2001|||
|45||Rudy Tomjanovich||Houston Rockets||F||1970–1981||Also served as head coach (1991–2003).|||
|CD||Carroll Dawson||Houston Rockets||—||1980–2007||As assistant coach (1980–1995) and general manager (1995–2007).|||
|30||George McGinnis||Indiana Pacers||F||1971–1975
|31||Reggie Miller||Indiana Pacers||G||1987–2005|
|34||Mel Daniels||Indiana Pacers||C||1967–1974||Also served as head coach (1988).|
|35||Roger Brown||Indiana Pacers||F||1967–1974|
|529||Bobby Leonard||Indiana Pacers||—||1968–1980||As head coach; the number represents his 529 victories coaching the Pacers.|
|8||Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles Lakers||G||1996–2006||Only player to have two numbers retired by the same team.|
|13||Wilt Chamberlain||Los Angeles Lakers||C||1968–1973||Only player to have the same number retired by three different teams (Golden State, L.A. Lakers and Philadelphia)|
|22||Elgin Baylor||Los Angeles Lakers||F||1958–1971||The team was in Minneapolis in his first two seasons (1958–1960).|
|24||Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles Lakers||G||2006–2016||Only player to have two numbers retired by the same team.|
|25||Gail Goodrich||Los Angeles Lakers||G||1965–1968
|Wore no. 11 from 1965 to 1968.|
|32||Earvin "Magic" Johnson||Los Angeles Lakers||G||1979–1991
|Also served as head coach in 1994, and President of Basketball Operations (2017–2019).|
|33||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Los Angeles Lakers||C||1975–1989|
|34||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||C||1996–2004|||
|42||James Worthy||Los Angeles Lakers||F||1982–1994|
|44||Jerry West||Los Angeles Lakers||G||1960–1974||Also served as head coach (1976–1979) and general manager (1981–2002).|
|52||Jamaal Wilkes||Los Angeles Lakers||F||1977–1985||Born Jackson Keith Wilkes, changed his name to Jamaal Abdul-Lateef in 1975, maintaining his original surname for purposes of public recognition.|
|Chick Hearn||Los Angeles Lakers||—||1961–2002||As broadcaster.|
|1||Chris Bosh||Miami Heat||F/C||2010–2016|||
|3||Dwyane Wade||Miami Heat||G||2003–2016
|10||Tim Hardaway||Miami Heat||G||1996–2001|||
|13||Dan Marino||Miami Heat||QB||—||Never played professional basketball, but left a large impact on Miami during his NFL Hall of Fame career with the Dolphins.
Still available in circulation (number currently worn by Bam Adebayo).
|23||Michael Jordan||Miami Heat||G||—||Never played for the franchise; number retired for "contributions to basketball".|||
|32||Shaquille O'Neal||Miami Heat||C||2004–2008|||
|33||Alonzo Mourning||Miami Heat||C||1995–2002
|Since 2009, Vice President of Player Programs and Development|||
|1||Oscar Robertson||Milwaukee Bucks||G||1970–1974||Retired October 18, 1974|||
|2||Junior Bridgeman||Milwaukee Bucks||F||1975–1984
|4||Sidney Moncrief||Milwaukee Bucks||G||1979–1989|||
|8||Marques Johnson||Milwaukee Bucks||F||1977–1984|||
|10||Bob Dandridge||Milwaukee Bucks||F||1969–1977
|14||Jon McGlocklin||Milwaukee Bucks||G||1968–1976||Also served as broadcaster (1985–present).|||
|16||Bob Lanier||Milwaukee Bucks||C||1980–1984|||
|32||Brian Winters||Milwaukee Bucks||G||1975–1983|||
|33||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Milwaukee Bucks||C||1969–1975||Served under the name of Lew Alcindor for two seasons before becoming Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.|||
|2||Malik Sealy||Minnesota Timberwolves||F||1997–2000||Died in a car crash while playing for the team. His jersey was retired posthumously.|
|Flip||Flip Saunders||Minnesota Timberwolves||—||1995–2005
|As Head coach.|
|7||Pete Maravich||New Orleans Pelicans||G||—||Never played for the franchise, jersey retired for his contributions to basketball of Louisiana. He played for the New Orleans Jazz (now the Utah Jazz) 1974–1979 in NBA and for LSU Tigers 1967–1970 in NCAA.|
|10||Walt Frazier||New York Knicks||G||1967–1977||Also served as a broadcaster.|
|12||Dick Barnett||New York Knicks||G||1965–1973|
|15||Earl Monroe||New York Knicks||G||1971–1980||Wore no. 33 for a few games in the 1971–72 season.|
|15||Dick McGuire||New York Knicks||G||1949–1957||Also served as head coach (1965–1968) and scouting director.|
|19||Willis Reed||New York Knicks||C||1964–1974||Also served as head coach (1977–1978).|
|22||Dave DeBusschere||New York Knicks||F||1968–1974|
|24||Bill Bradley||New York Knicks||F||1967–1977||From 1979 to 1997, US Senator (D) from New Jersey|
|33||Patrick Ewing||New York Knicks||C||1985–2000|
|613||Red Holzman||New York Knicks||—||1967–1977
|As head coach; the number represents his 613 victories coaching the Knicks.|
|4||Nick Collison||Oklahoma City Thunder||F/C||2003–2018||The team was in Seattle (Seattle SuperSonics) in his first five seasons (2003–2008).|
|6||Sixth man||Orlando Magic||—||—|
|2||Moses Malone||Philadelphia 76ers||C||1982–1986
|3||Allen Iverson||Philadelphia 76ers||G||1996–2006
|4||Dolph Schayes||Philadelphia 76ers||F/C||1949–1964||Team was known as the Syracuse Nationals (1948–1963).
Also served as player-coach (1963–66).
Number retired posthumously.
Nerlens Noel wore the number at the time of the announcement, and was allowed to wear it until his departure in 2017.
Wore No. 55 for part of the 1949–50 season.
|6||Julius Erving||Philadelphia 76ers||F||1976–1987|
|10||Maurice Cheeks||Philadelphia 76ers||G||1978–1989||Also served as head coach (2005–2008).|
|13||Wilt Chamberlain||Philadelphia 76ers||C||1965–1968||Only player to have the same number retired by three different teams (Golden State, L.A. Lakers and Philadelphia)|
|15||Hal Greer||Philadelphia 76ers||G||1958–1973||During his first five seasons (1958–1963), the team was known as the Syracuse Nationals.|
|24||Bobby Jones||Philadelphia 76ers||F||1978–1986||On January 28, 2020, jersey was temporarily, with Jones' permission, issued to Joel Embiid as a tribute to Kobe Bryant.|
|32||Billy Cunningham||Philadelphia 76ers||F||1965–1972
|Also served as head coach (1977–1985); briefly un-retired for Charles Barkley in the 1991–92 season.|
|34||Charles Barkley||Philadelphia 76ers||F||1984–1992||Also wore #32 during the 1991–92 season (see Billy Cunningham).|
|Dave Zinkoff||Philadelphia 76ers||—||1963–1981
|As P.A. announcer.|
|5||Dick Van Arsdale||Phoenix Suns||G||1968–1977||Also served as head coach (1987).|
|6||Walter Davis||Phoenix Suns||G||1977–1988|
|7||Kevin Johnson||Phoenix Suns||G||1987–1998
|Retired in 1998, but came back before the end of the 1999–2000 season before retiring again; Served as the 55th mayor of Sacramento (2008–2016).|
|33||Alvan Adams||Phoenix Suns||C||1975–1988||Number unretired for Grant Hill from 2007 to 2013.|
|42||Connie Hawkins||Phoenix Suns||F||1968–1974|
|44||Paul Westphal||Phoenix Suns||G||1975–1980
|Also served as head coach (1992–1996).|
|—||Jerry Colangelo||Phoenix Suns||—||1968–2005||As owner, executive, and head coach (1970; 1972–73).|
|—||Cotton Fitzsimmons||Phoenix Suns||—||1970–1972
|As head coach; inducted in the Suns' Ring of Honor posthumously.|
|—||John MacLeod||Phoenix Suns||—||1973–1987||As head coach. Also served as assistant head coach in the 1999–2000 NBA season.|
|—||Joe Proski||Phoenix Suns||—||1968–2000||As athletic trainer.|
|Al McCoy||Phoenix Suns||—||1972–present||As broadcaster|
|1||Larry Weinberg||Portland Trail Blazers||—||1970–1988||As team founder and owner; number still available (currently worn by Anfernee Simons).|
|13||Dave Twardzik||Portland Trail Blazers||G||1976–1981|
|14||Lionel Hollins||Portland Trail Blazers||G||1975–1981|
|15||Larry Steele||Portland Trail Blazers||G||1971–1981|
|20||Maurice Lucas||Portland Trail Blazers||F||1976–1981
|22||Clyde Drexler||Portland Trail Blazers||G||1983–1995|
|30||Terry Porter||Portland Trail Blazers||G||1985–1995|
|30||Bob Gross||Portland Trail Blazers||F||1975–1982|
|32||Bill Walton||Portland Trail Blazers||C||1974–1978|
|36||Lloyd Neal||Portland Trail Blazers||C||1972–1979|
|45||Geoff Petrie||Portland Trail Blazers||G||1970–1976|
|77||Jack Ramsay||Portland Trail Blazers||—||1976–1986||As head coach; the number represents the 1977 NBA Championship he won while coaching the Blazers.|
|Bill Schonely||Portland Trail Blazers||—||1970–1998||As Broadcaster|
|1||Nate Archibald||Sacramento Kings||G||1970–1976||During his career with the team, it was known first as the Cincinnati Royals (1970–1972), then the Kansas City–Omaha Kings (1972–1975), and finally as the Kansas City Kings (1975–1976). He briefly wore no. 10 from 1970 to 1974.|
|2||Mitch Richmond||Sacramento Kings||G||1991–1998|
|4||Chris Webber||Sacramento Kings||F||1998–2005|
|6||Sixth man||Sacramento Kings|
|11||Bob Davies||Sacramento Kings||G||1948–1955||The team was then known as the Rochester Royals.|
|12||Maurice Stokes||Sacramento Kings||F||1955–1958||The team was known as the Rochester Royals 1955–1957 and moved to Cincinnati starting with the 1957–58 season in which his career was ended by a crippling head injury.|
|14||Oscar Robertson||Sacramento Kings||G||1960–1970||The team was then known as the Cincinnati Royals.|
|16||Peja Stojakovic||Sacramento Kings||F||1999–2006||Director of player personnel and development (2015), assistant General Manager (2018)|
|21||Vlade Divac||Sacramento Kings||C||1999–2004||Currently the team's vice president and general manager of basketball operations (2015–present)|
|27||Jack Twyman||Sacramento Kings||F||1955–1966||The team was known as the Rochester Royals 1955–1957 and then as the Cincinnati Royals for the remainder of his career.|
|44||Sam Lacey||Sacramento Kings||C||1970–1981||During his career with the team, it was known first as the Cincinnati Royals (1970–1972), then the Kansas City–Omaha Kings (1972–1975), and finally as the Kansas City Kings (1975–1981).|
|00||Johnny Moore||San Antonio Spurs||G||1980–1988
|6||Avery Johnson||San Antonio Spurs||G||1991
|9||Tony Parker||San Antonio Spurs||G||2001–2018|
|12||Bruce Bowen||San Antonio Spurs||F||2001–2009||Bowen has un-retired the number so it can be worn by LaMarcus Aldridge.|||
|13||James Silas||San Antonio Spurs||G||1973–1981|
|20||Manu Ginobili||San Antonio Spurs||G||2002–2018|||
|21||Tim Duncan||San Antonio Spurs||F/C||1997–2016||Currently an assistant coach with the Spurs (since July 2019)|
|32||Sean Elliott||San Antonio Spurs||F||1989–1993
|Currently serves as a Spurs' TV color analyst (2004–present)|
|44||George Gervin||San Antonio Spurs||G||1974–1985|
|50||David Robinson||San Antonio Spurs||C||1989–2003|
|1||Gus Williams||Seattle SuperSonics||G||1976–1985|
|10||Nate McMillan||Seattle SuperSonics||G||1985–1998||Played for the Seattle SuperSonics and served as their head coach (2000–2005).|
|19||Lenny Wilkens||Seattle SuperSonics||G||1968–1972||Played for the Seattle SuperSonics and served as their head coach (1969–1972; 1977–1985), and as a broadcaster (2006–2008).|
|24||Spencer Haywood||Seattle SuperSonics||F||1971–1975|
|32||Fred Brown||Seattle SuperSonics||G||1971–1984|
|43||Jack Sikma||Seattle SuperSonics||C||1977–1986||Also served as assistant coach (2003–2007).|
|||Bob Blackburn||Seattle SuperSonics||—||1967–1992||Announcer for the Seattle SuperSonics.|
|1||Frank Layden||Utah Jazz||—||1981–1988||As head coach; also served as team president (1988–1998).|||
|4||Adrian Dantley||Utah Jazz||F||1979–1986|||
|7||Pete Maravich||Utah Jazz||G||1974–1979||The team was in New Orleans 1974–1979.
He also played 17 games of the 1979–80 season after the team moved to Salt Lake City.
Wore no. 44 in the 1974–75 season.
|9||Larry Miller||Utah Jazz||—||1985–2009||As owner.|||
|12||John Stockton||Utah Jazz||G||1984–2003|||
|14||Jeff Hornacek||Utah Jazz||G||1994–2000||Also served as assistant coach (2011–2013).|||
|32||Karl Malone||Utah Jazz||F||1985–2003|||
|35||Darrell Griffith||Utah Jazz||G||1980–1991|||
|53||Mark Eaton||Utah Jazz||C||1982–1993|||
|1,223||Jerry Sloan||Utah Jazz||—||1988–2011||As head coach; the number represents his 1223 victories coaching the Jazz.|||
|Rod Hundley||Utah Jazz||—||1974–2009||As broadcaster.|||
|10||Earl Monroe||Washington Wizards||G||1967–1971||The team was then known as the Baltimore Bullets.
Wore no. 33 during the 1967–68 season.
|11||Elvin Hayes||Washington Wizards||F||1972–1981||When he joined the team, it was known as the Baltimore Bullets. After one season, the team moved to Landover, Maryland, adopting the name of Capital Bullets for the 1973–74 season before being known as the Washington Bullets.|
|25||Gus Johnson||Washington Wizards||F||1963–1972||The team was then known as the Baltimore Bullets.|
|41||Wes Unseld||Washington Wizards||C||1968–1981||When he started his career with the team, it was known as the Baltimore Bullets. In 1973, the team moved to Landover, Maryland, adopting the name of Capital Bullets for the 1973–74 season before being known as the Washington Bullets. Also served as head coach (1987–1994), as well as three stints in the team's front office (vice president, 1981–1987; general manager, 1996–1999, 2003); the team did not adopt the Wizards nickname until the 1997–98 season.|
|45||Phil Chenier||Washington Wizards||G||1971–1979||When he joined the team, it was known as the Baltimore Bullets. After two seasons, the team moved to Landover, Maryland, adopting the name of Capital Bullets for the 1973–74 season before being known as the Washington Bullets.
Also served as broadcaster (1984–2017).
Phoenix has honored some players in the Suns Ring of Honor without retiring their numbers. The Lakers have also honored their most notable players during the stint of the franchise in Minneapolis. Although their numbers are displayed on the banners, only the No. 22 and No. 34 are officially retired, since they were retired for Elgin Baylor and Shaquille O'Neal respectively.
|No.||Name||Team||Pos.||Years with franchise||Note||Refs|
|9||Dan Majerle||Phoenix Suns||F||1988–1995
|Formerly an assistant head coach for the Phoenix Suns (2008–2013).|||
|13||Steve Nash||Phoenix Suns||G||1996–1998
|24||Tom Chambers||Phoenix Suns||F||1988–1993||Currently an announcer for Suns games.|||
|34||Charles Barkley||Phoenix Suns||F||1992–1996|||
|17||Jim Pollard||Los Angeles Lakers||F||1948–1955||Also served as head coach (1960); the team was in Minneapolis throughout his tenure in both roles.|
|19||Vern Mikkelsen||Los Angeles Lakers||F||1949–1959||Team was then in Minneapolis.|
|22||Slater Martin||Los Angeles Lakers||G||1949–1956||Team was then in Minneapolis.|
|34||Clyde Lovellette||Los Angeles Lakers||F/C||1953–1957||Team was then in Minneapolis.|
|99||George Mikan||Los Angeles Lakers||C||1948–1954
|Also served as head coach (1957–1958); the team was in Minneapolis throughout his tenure in both roles.|
|—||John Kundla||Los Angeles Lakers||—||1948–1959||As head coach (1948–1957, 1958–1959); the team was in Minneapolis.|
- 1 Loscutoff asked that his number (No. 18) not be retired to allow future Celtics to wear it. His number is represented by "LOSCY." His number 18 was later retired in honor of Cowens.
- 2 Jackson and Krause do not have actual numbers retired in their honor.
- 3 Dawson does not have an actual number retired in his honor; rather, a banner with his initials is hanging from the rafters to pay tribute to his 27 years of service to the team.
- 4 Numbers hang to the rafters as honored Minneapolis Lakers. These six Hall-of-Famers were instrumental to the franchise's success during its days in Minneapolis. Except for 22, which was retired for Baylor, and 34, which was retired for O'Neal, these "honored numbers" are still available.
- 5 Although No. 33 is retired, Grant Hill received permission from Adams to wear it during his time with the Suns.
- 6 As a result of the Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City in 2008, the SuperSonics' history (including retired numbers) is shared with the Oklahoma City Thunder, although the team colors, uniforms and logos remain available for use by a future NBA team in Seattle.
Retired by multiple teams
A handful of players who had notable careers for multiple teams have had their numbers retired by each team. A few players have had their numbers retired by teams they never played for.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33 was retired by both the Bucks and Lakers.
- Wilt Chamberlain's #13 was retired by the Warriors, 76ers and Lakers.
- Clyde Drexler's #22 was retired by both the Trail Blazers and Rockets.
- Julius Erving has his #32 retired by the Nets, and his #6 retired by the 76ers.
- Michael Jordan's #23 was retired by both the Bulls and Heat (the latter he never played for).
- Bob Lanier's #16 was retired by both the Pistons and Bucks.
- Pete Maravich has his #44 retired by the Hawks, while his #7 is retired by both the Jazz and Pelicans (the latter he never played for).
- Moses Malone has his #24 retired by the Rockets, while his #2 is retired by the 76ers.
- Earl Monroe had his #15 retired by the Knicks, and his #10 by the Wizards.
- Dikembe Mutombo's #55 was retired by both the Nuggets and Hawks.
- Shaquille O'Neal had his #34 retired by the Lakers, and his #32 by the Heat.
- Oscar Robertson had his #14 retired by the Kings, and his #1 by the Bucks.
- Jerry Sloan had his #4 retired by the Bulls, and his #1,223 (victories with the team) by the Jazz.
- Nate Thurmond's #42 was retired by both the Warriors and Cavaliers.
Retired in honor of multiple players
The following numbers have been retired in honor of multiple players:
- New York Knicks' #15 retired for Earl Monroe in 1986 and Dick McGuire in 1992.
- Portland Trail Blazers' #30 retired for Bob Gross and Terry Porter in 2008.
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- "Hawks Raise Banner To Honor Ted Turner". NBA.com/Hawks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 30, 2004. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Retired Numbers". NBA.com/Celtics. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "Kevin Garnett's Number Will Be Retired". NBA.com. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
- Freeman, Mike (June 8, 1993). "Basketball; Nets' Petrovic Dies in Auto Accident in Germany". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers". NBA.com/Nets. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "2008–09 Bulls Media Guide, p.325" (PDF). NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "2008–09 Bulls Media Guide, p.326" (PDF). NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "2008–09 Bulls Media Guide, p.327" (PDF). NBA.com/Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
- "History". NBA.com/Cavaliers. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
- "History". NBA.com/Mavericks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
- "Denver Nuggets". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
- "Nuggets to Retire Dikembe Mutombo's #55 Jersey". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
- "Detroit Pistons". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
- "Pistons to retire Dennis Rodman jersey". ESPN.com. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Golden State Warriors". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. May 15, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- "Houston Rockets". CBS Sports. CBS Interactive. May 15, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- "2009–10 Rockets Media Guide, p.146" (PDF). NBA.com/Rockets. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- Pincus, Eric (April 2, 2013). "Lakers retire Shaquille O'Neal's jersey". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "HEAT To Retire Chris Bosh's No. 1 Jersey". NBA.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Chiang, Anthony (February 22, 2020). "Heat retires Dwyane Wade's jersey in emotional halftime ceremony. Wade: 'I'm just thankful'". Miami Herald. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
- "Hardaway's Heat jersey retired". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. October 29, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "Dan Marino's jersey is retired by the Miami Heat". Fansided.com. Fansided, Inc. March 16, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
- "NBA says it likely won't retire Jordan's No. 23". MSNBC.com. NBC Universal. November 14, 2009. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "Miami Franchise retires Michael Jordan's No. 23". The Tuscaloosa News. April 10, 2003. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "Miami Heat to retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey".
- "Heat retire Mourning's No. 33". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. March 31, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers: Oscar Robertson". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers: Junior Bridgeman". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers: Sidney Moncrief". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- Velazquez, Matt (January 19, 2019). "At long last, Milwaukee Bucks will retire Marques Johnson's No. 8 on March 24". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- "Retired Numbers: Jon McGlocklin". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers: Bob Lanier". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers: Brian Winters". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- "Retired Numbers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar". NBA.com/Bucks. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- Robbins, Liz (May 21, 2000). "Pro Basketball; Wolves' Sealy, Former Star for St. John's, Dies in Car Crash". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
- Miller, Randy (January 11, 2016). "Sixers to retire Dolph Schayes' No. 4, but Nerlens Noel can wear it". NJ Advance Media.
- Shapiro, Michael. "Joel Embiid Honors Kobe Bryant, Wears No. 24 as 76ers Host Warriors". Sports Illustrated. ABG-SI LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
- Cotton, Anthony (17 November 1991). "32 NO MERE NUMBER TO CONTROVERSIAL BARKLEY". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
- "Bruce Bowen allows LaMarcus Aldridge to wear retired No. 12 jersey with San Antonio Spurs". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- "Manu Ginobili Jersey Retirement Night". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
- Adam (August 24, 2010). "The Next Retired Jersey". Utah Jazz 360. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "Adrian Dantley's Jersey Retired". KSL.com. 11 Apr 2007. Retrieved 28 Aug 2012.
- "Utah Jazz honor late owner Larry H. Miller". KSL.com. August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "No. 12 to reach Utah rafters Nov. 22". ESPN/Associated Press. 21 Sep 2004. Retrieved 28 Aug 2012.
- "Jazz Retired Malone's No. 32". ksl.com. March 23, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "Lakers retired numbers"
- Fie, Julie, ed. (2019). "Ring of Honor". 2019–20 Phoenix Suns Media Guide (PDF). Phoenix Suns. pp. 85–88. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
- "Phoenix Suns Uniform Numbers". Basketball Reference. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
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