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The Best Athletes Who Wore #13

Updated September 24, 2019 1.9k votes 253 voters 8.7k views32 items

List RulesVote up the top athletes who wore 13 for at least one professional season

The jersey number 13 has a tremendous history when looking back at the iconic names to wear it at some point. Major names from all over sports have used No. 13 on their jersey as part of their identity when competing against the top players in their respective field. The best players to wear 13 are the cream of the crop, which makes it especially difficult to rank them against each other. 

Some of the best NBA players with jersey number 13 include basketball stars like Wilt Chamberlain, Steve Nash, and James Harden. The variety in other sports would see baseball icons Alex Rodriguez, Roberto Clemente, and Dave Concepcion wear it at different points in their MLB careers. Football legends like Dan Marino, one of the greatest QBs in NFL history, and hockey stars like Teemu Selanne also show how well represented #13 is across the board. 

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 13 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 13, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 23.

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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1960-1973
    Stats: 1,045 games played, 30.1 points per game, 22.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 2× NBA champion (1967, 1972)
    • NBA Finals MVP (1972)
    • 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968)
    • 13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973)
    • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960)
    • 7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
    • 3× All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972)
    • 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973)
    • NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
    • 7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966)
    • 11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
    • NBA assists leader (1968)
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Team: San Francisco Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers
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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1996-2015
    Stats: 1,217 games played, 14.3 points per game, 8.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds

    Career Highlights

    • 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006)
    • 8× NBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012)
    • 3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007)
    • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
    • 2× All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003)
    • 5× NBA assists leader (2005–2007, 2010, 2011)
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Team: Phoenix Suns
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  • League: MLB
    Years active: 1955-1972
    Stats: .317 batting average, 240 home runs, 1,305 RBIs

    Career Highlights

    • 15× All-Star (1960–1967, 1969–1972)
    • 2× World Series champion (1960, 1971)
    • NL MVP (1966)
    • World Series MVP (1971)
    • 12× Gold Glove Award (1961–1972)
    • 4× NL batting champion (1961, 1964, 1965, 1967)
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1934-1972)
    • Birthplace: San Antón
    • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
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  • James Harden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #13
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    League: NBA
    Years active: 2010-present
    Stats: 765 games played, 24.3 points per game, 6.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds

    Career Highlights

    • NBA Most Valuable Player (2018)
    • 7× NBA All-Star (2013–2019)
    • 5× All-NBA First Team (2014, 2015, 2017–2019)
    • All-NBA Third Team (2013)
    • NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2012)
    • 2× NBA scoring champion (2018, 2019)
    • NBA assists leader (2017)
    • Age: 30
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
    • Team: Houston Rockets
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