NBA season tip-off countdown: 1 day and notable players to wear number 1

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The NBA season finally starts tomorrow.

Let’s take a look at some notable players, past or present, to wear number 1 at some point in their career.

In alphabetical order:

A

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: 1991 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, 1993 NBA Most Improved Player, still playing competitive basketball in the BIG3 at the age of 50

C

Maurice Cheeks, defending Kevin McHale in the 1990 playoffs, played every minute of Game 5. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

Maurice Cheeks: Hall of Famer, 4x All-Star, 4x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 1983 NBA champion, 1987 NBA All-Defensive Second Team

F

NEW YORK – CIRCA 1981: Phil Ford #1 of the Kansas City Kings dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks during an NBA basketball game circa 1981 at Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Ford played for the Kings from 1978-82. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Phil Ford

Phil Ford: 1979 All-NBA Second Team, 1979 NBA Rookie of the Year, 1979 NBA All-Rookie First Team

P

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Kevin Porter: 4x NBA assists leader (1975-8.0 assists per game, 1978-10.2 assists per game, 1979-13.4 assists per game, 9.1 assists per game), second most assists in an NBA game with 29

R

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Oscar Robertson: Hall of Famer, 12x All-Star, 1971 NBA champion, 1964 NBA MVP, 9x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 1961 NBA Rookie of the Year, 6x NBA assists leader (1961-9.7 assists per game, 1962-11.4 assists per game, 1964-11.0 assists per game, 1965-11.5 assists per game, 1966-11.1 assists per game, 1969-9.8 assists per game)

Feb 7, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose: 3x All-Star, 2011 NBA MVP, 2011 All-NBA First Team, 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2009 NBA-All Rookie Team

S

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Amar’e Stoudemire: 6x All-Star, 2007 All-NBA First Team, 4x All-NBA Second Team, 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2003 NBA All-Rookie First Team

22 Apr 2001: Rod Strickland #1 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives past Brian Shaw #20 of the Los ANgeles Lakers during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 106-93. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle/Allsport.

Rod Strickland: 1998 All-NBA Second Team, 1989 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, 1998 NBA assists leader (10.5 assists per game)

W

Sonics’ guard Gus Williams gets the ball away from Phoenix during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on May 13, 1979. The Sonics would win 106-105. (Matt McVay / The Seattle Times)

Gus Williams: 2x All-Star, 1979 NBA champion, 1982 All-NBA First Team, 1980 All-NBA Second Team, 1976 NBA All-Rookie First Team