NBA season tip-off countdown: 3 days and notable players to wear number 3

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The NBA season starts in only 3 days.

Let’s take a look at some notable players, past or present, to wear number 3 at some point in their career.

In alphabetical order:

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LOS ANGELES – 1987: Dale Ellis #3 of the Seattle Supersonics takes the ball to the basket against Byron Scott #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game in the 1987-1988 NBA season at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

Dale Ellis: 1989 All-Star, 1987 NBA Most Improved Player, 1989 NBA Three-Point Shootout champion

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19 Jan. 2001: Steve Francis

Steve Francis: 3x All-Star, 2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year, 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team

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PHILADELPHIA – FEBRUARY 4: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers signals the crowd to get loud during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on February 4, 2005 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson: Hall of Famer, 11x All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team, 2001 NBA MVP, 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year, 4x NBA scoring leader (1999-26.8 points per game, 2001-31.1 points per game, 2002-31.4 points per game, 2005-30.7 points per game), 3x NBA steals leader (2001-2.5 steals per game, 2002-2.8 steals per game, 2003-2.7 steals per game)

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Dennis Johnson: Hall of Famer, 5x All-Star, 3x NBA champion, 1979 Finals MVP, 1981 All-NBA First Team, 6x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team

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Stephon Marbury: 2x All-Star, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 1997 NBA All-Rookie First Team

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Tracy McGrady: Hall of Famer, 7x All-Star, 2x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-NBA Second Team, 2x NBA scoring leader (2003-32.1 points per game, 2004-28.0 points per game), 2001 NBA Most Improved Player

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Chris Paul
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Chris Paul: 9x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team, 7x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2006 NBA All-Rookie First Team, 4x NBA assists leader (2008-11.6 assists per game, 2009-11.0 assists per game, 2014-10.7 assists per game, 2015-10.2 assists per game), 6x NBA steals leader (2008-2.7 steals per game, 2009-2.8 steals per game, 2011-2.4 steals per game, 2012-2.5 steals per game, 2013-2.4 steals per game, 2014-2.5 steals per game)

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Drazen Petrovic: Hall of Famer, 1993 All-NBA Third Team, nicknamed the “Mozart of basketball” and credited as being the trend-setter for the NBA’s international transformation

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Portland Trail Blazers’ Cliff Robinson drives on Chicago Bulls’ Horace Grant during Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals in Chicago. (JOHN SWART/AP)

Clifford Robinson: 1994 All-Star, 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 1993 NBA Sixth Man of the Year

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Glenn Robinson: 2x All-Star, 2005 NBA champion, 1995 NBA All-Rookie First Team

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New York Knicks’ John Starks reacts after scoring in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996, in New York. Starks saved the sloppy New York Knicks from a second straight shocking loss, scoring 13 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Raptors 99-96. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

John Starks: 1994 All-Star, 1993 NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 1997 NBA Sixth Man of the Year

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Dwyane Wade: 13x All-Star, 3x NBA champion, 2006 Finals MVP, 2x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-NBA Second Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 2004 NBA-All Rookie First Team, 2009 NBA scoring leader (30.2 points per game)

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Ben Wallace: 4x All-Star, 2004 NBA champion, 4x NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA rebounding leader (2002-13.0 rebounds per game, 2003-15.4 rebounds per game), 2002 NBA blocks leader (3.5 blocks per game)