Originally posted on Pro Hoops Journal  |  Last updated 1/12/11

The number zero literally means nothing. However, for these five players, even though they wore number double zero (00), they weren’t double nothing. They meant something to the teams that they played for. Here are the top 5 players that have donned the number 00. Keep in mind only 25 players have worn number 00 in NBA history.

  1. Robert Parish. Parish was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 2003. He made 9 all-star game appearances and won 4 NBA Championships (’81, ’84′, and ’86 with the Celtics and ’97 with the Bulls). Parish wore number 00 for the entirety of his career with 4 different teams (Warriors, Celtics, Hornets, and Bulls) from ’76-97.
  2. Tony Delk. Tony Delk isn’t a name you hear often in NBA circles. Delk’s position on this list is attributed to the fact that he is a member of the illustrious 50-Point Club. On January 2, 2001 as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Delk dropped 53 points on the Kings shooting 20-27 from the field in an overtime game. Now that’s an impressive field goal percentage. Delk played for 9 different teams from ’96-06 and wore number 00 on six of those teams.
  3. Kevin Duckworth. This man born April 1st is no fool. As a rookie member of the Spurs in ’87 Kevin Duckworth wore number 54. The next year and for the remainder of his career he made the audacious switch to number 00. Duckworth made 2 all-star game appearances (’89 and ’91) and was the ’87-88 NBA Most Improved Player. He played for 5 different teams in a career that spanned 13 seasons long from ’86-97. He is most well-known for being a member of the Portland Trailblazers, specifically the ’91-92 Blazers team that lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the ’92 NBA Finals.
  4. Greg Ostertag. Ostertag never won any accolades or made any all-star game appearances. With that being said, he was a great role player to have on your squad. He did the dirty work down low for the Stockton and Malone Jazz teams, blocking shots and grabbing boards. He was a member of the Jazz teams that lost to the Chicago Bulls in the ’97 and ’98 NBA Finals. Ostertag’s career spanned 11 seasons long from ’95-06. He wore number 00 for 8 of his 10 seasons as a member of the Utah Jazz and 1 season as a member of the Sacramento Kings. He wore number 39 as a member of the Jazz in ’00 and ’01.
  5. Benoit Benjamin. Honrobale mention goes to Benoit Benjamin for his 15 season career (’85-00) in which he played for 9 different teams. He wore number 00 on 6 of those teams. You have to hand it to anyone that can last that long in the league, superstar or not.

Stats used in this post are from basketball-reference.com.

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