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In honor of the legendary Bill Russell, The NBA retired the number league-wide on Thursday.. No one wears No. 6 for the Orlando Magic or the Sacramento Kings.

Of course, even before this news, no one wore No. 6 for the Magic or the Kings. Both franchises have retired him for the “sixth man”, i.e. their fans. That’s the kind of thing you learn when you study who’s worn each team’s number recently and who might be the last to wear it across the league.

Players who wear No. 6 heading into next season will be “grandfathers,” the NBA announced in a press release. A spokesperson for the league said that any of these players can continue to wear number 6 if the team changes.

This means that for teams that have not retired the number in the past, it is strictly incorrect to say that no one will wear it again. That being said, here are the players who have worn the number 6 for every team in the league recently:

  • Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams, 2021-22 — Williams, whose second stint with his hometown team — and first wearing No. 6 — began at the 2021 trade deadline, is a free agent.
  • Brooklyn NetsDavid Duke Jr., 2021-present
  • Boston CelticsBill Russell, 1956-1969
  • Charlotte Hornets: Jalen McDaniels, 2019-present
  • Chicago BullsAlex Caruso, 2021-present
  • Cleveland CavaliersMoses Brown, 2022
  • Dallas MavericksKristaps Porzingis, 2019-22
  • Denver NuggetsDeAndre Jordan, 2022-present
  • Detroit PistonsHamidou Diallo, 2021-present
  • Golden State WarriorsAllen Smailagic, 2019-21
  • Houston RocketsKenyon Martin Jr., 2020-present
  • Indiana PackersLance Stephens, 2010-12; 2022 — Stephenson, who began his third stint in Indiana in January amid a flurry of Covid complications and 10-day contracts, is a free agent.
  • Los Angeles ClippersMoses Brown, 2022-present — Brown is the only player other than the next guy on this list to make more than one appearance.
  • Los Angeles LakersLeBron James, 2021-present
  • Memphis GrizzliesKenneth Lofton Jr., 2022-Present — Signed to a two-way contract with Memphis, Lofton has worn No. 6 in promotional photos and has worn the number in summer league since his layoff with Memphis. On the Grizzlies’ official roster page, however, there is no number listed next to his name. The team did not immediately respond when Lofton was asked by email if the number had been officially issued. (Also, the most recent Grizzlies to wear No. 6 is Shaq Buchanan, who appeared in two games on a 10-day contract in late December last season.)
  • Miami HeatLeBron James, 2010-2014
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Luca Vildoza, 2022-present
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Jordan McLaughlin, 2019-present
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Tyrone Wallace, 2022 — If it weren’t for Wallace signing two 10-day contracts with the Pelicans in March, Nikkeil Alexander-Walker would represent two teams on this list.
  • New York Knicks: Quentin Grimes, 2021-present
  • Oklahoma City ThunderJaylin Williams, 2022-present
  • Orlando MagicPatrick Ewing, 2001-02 — Ewing, who spent his final season in the NBA with the Magic, is the only player to wear No. 6 for the team.
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Julius Erving, 1976-1987
  • Phoenix SunWalter Davis, 1977-1988 — Davis is the only player to wear No. 6 for the Suns.
  • Portland Trail BlazersKeon Johnson, 2022-present
  • San Antonio Spurs: Avery Johnson, 1992-1993; 1994-2001
  • Sacramento KingsBob Burrow, 1956-57 — When Burrow wore No. 6, the franchise was known as the Rochester Royals. The team moved to Cincinnati the following year, and while it played home games in Kansas City, Omaha and Sacramento, one thing remained consistent: No one wore No. 6.
  • Toronto Raptors: Cory Joseph, 2015-17
  • Utah Jazz: Nickel Alexander-Walker, 2022-present
  • Washington WizardsKristaps Porzingis, 2022-present

So, who could be the last player to wear No. 6 on an NBA court? Of the 16 players currently wearing the jersey (including Lofton, excluding Lou Williams and Stephenson), five were born in the 2000s.

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. (born August 14, 2002)
  • Jaylin Williams (born June 29, 2002)
  • Keon Johnson: 20 (March 10, 2002)
  • Kenyon Martin Jr. (January 6, 2001)
  • Quentin Grimes (May 8, 2000)

Also, David Duke Jr. and Moses Brown share a birthday: October 13, 1999.

The last player to wear No. 6 in the NBA may not be on the aforementioned team, but all will be 22 or younger when training camp begins in September and will be allowed to wear it for their time. Professions. If you’re trying to make an educated guess, it’s a good place to start.

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