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The Best Athletes Who Wore #21

Updated November 5, 2019 2.1k votes 315 voters 12.1k views33 items

List RulesVote up the top athletes who wore 21 for at least one professional season

The best players to wear 21 on their jersey have helped make it one of the most beloved numbers in sports. There is great variety across the board with players of all sports, from the NHL to soccer leagues, rocking the number. Deion Sanders even showed that one of the few successful and beloved two-sport professional athletes could find success with the number in the NFL and MLB.

Some top NBA players with number 21 on their jerseys include basketball legends like Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, along with rising superstars Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid. Historic baseball players with number 21 jerseys include stars Roger Clemens, Roberto Clemente, and Sammy Sosa. Football and hockey players also found success with the jersey number 21 as their choice. 

So check out the list of famous athletes who wore 21 and help decide who deserves to rank the highest for wearing this iconic jersey number. Vote up your favorite athletes to wear the number 21, 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: 1998-2016
    Stats: 1,392 games played, 19.0 points per game, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
    • 3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
    • 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002, 2003)
    • 15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015)
    • 10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013)
    • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2006, 2008, 2009)
    • 2× All-NBA Third Team (2010, 2015)
    • 8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)
    • 7× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)
    • NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands
    • Team: San Antonio Spurs
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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1996-2016
    Stats: 1,462 games played, 17.8 points per game, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists

    Career Highlights

    • NBA champion (2008)
    • NBA Most Valuable Player (2004)
    • 15× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
    • 4× All-NBA First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008)
    • 3× All-NBA Second Team (2001, 2002, 2005)
    • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2007)
    • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
    • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000–2005, 2008, 2009, 2011)
    • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2006, 2007, 2012)
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
    • Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
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  • League: MLB/NFL
    Years active: 1989-1995,1997, 2000 (MLB)/1989-2000, 2004-2005 (NFL)
    Stats: .263 batting average, 39 home runs, 168 RBIs (MLB)/188 games, 53 interceptions, 9 touchdowns (NFL)

    Career Highlights

    • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXIX, XXX)
    • 8× Pro Bowl (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
    • 8× First-team All-Pro (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
    • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1994)
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, USA
    • Team: Dallas Cowboys
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  • League: NBA
    Years active: 1983-1999
    Stats: 1,074 games played, 24.8 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists

    Career Highlights

    • 9× NBA All Star (1986–1994)
    • All-NBA First Team (1986)
    • 4× All-NBA Second Team (1987, 1988, 1991, 1993)
    • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1989, 1994)
    • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)
    • NBA scoring champion (1986)
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Team: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic
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