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The Best Athletes Who Wore #2  

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List Rules Vote up the top athletes who wore 2 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 2 as their jersey number have crafted strong legacies with it. The number 2 has become one of the most popular jersey numbers across a wide variety of sports. As a result of that popularity, many of the best players across basketball, baseball, and football have donned the number.

Derek Jeter’s #2 jerseys are still being sold to MLB fans years after his retirement, which shows just how much a number can mean to a player and how much a number can become synonymous with a player. The NBA also has a rich history of players to rock the number with champions like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Garnett, and Kyrie Irving all sporting the 2 on their backs. The NFL and NHL have also had their fair share of famous athletes who wore 2 on their jersey like Matt Ryan and Brian Leetch.

So check out the list of athletes who wore 2 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 2, then head over and check out some other iconic jersey numbers, including the best players to wear No. 25.

Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #2
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

League: MLB
Years active: 1995-2014
Stats: .310 batting average, 260 home runs, 1,311 RBIs

Career Highlights

  • 14× All-Star (1998–2002, 2004, 2006–2012, 2014)
  • 5× World Series champion (1996, 1998–2000, 2009)
  • World Series MVP (2000)
  • AL Rookie of the Year (1996)
  • 5× Gold Glove Award (2004–2006, 2009–2010)
  • 5× Silver Slugger Award (2006–2009, 2012)

Birthplace: Pequannock, New Jersey, United States of America

Position: Shortstop

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #2
Photo:  Cpl. Lameen Witter/Wiki Commons

League: NBA
Years active: 1976-1995
Stats: 1455 games played, 20.3 points per game, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks

Career Highlights

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • NBA champion (1983)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1983)
  • 3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1979, 1982, 1983)
  • 12× NBA All-Star (1978–1989)
  • 4× All-NBA First Team (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985)
  • 4× All-NBA Second Team (1980, 1981, 1984, 1987)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1983)

Birthplace: Virginia

Position: Power forward, Center

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #2
Photo: LA Clippers/Instagram

League: NBA
Years active: 2011-present
Stats: 467 games played, 17.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals

Career Highlights

  • 2× NBA champion (2014, 2019)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019)
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019)
  • 2× All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2019)
  • 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015–2017)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014, 2019)

Birthplace: Riverside, California

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

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Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Wore #2
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

League: NBA
Years active: 1965-1980
Stats: 794 games played, 23.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.0 steals

Career Highlights

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • NBA champion (1975)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1975)
  • 8× NBA All-Star (1966, 1967, 1973–1978)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1967)
  • 5x All-NBA First Team (1966, 1967, 1974–1976)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1973)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1966)

Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

Position: Small forward

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