Throwback Thursday: Best Players To Wear No. 32

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Today’s TBT topic: All-time greats to wear No. 32

By Jonathan Hartzell,

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Boston Celtics’ ceremony to retire Kevin McHale‘s No. 32 jersey. The Hall of Fame power forward spent his entire 13-year career with the Celtics, winning three NBA championships and making seven All-Star teams.

Surprisingly, McHale is not the only legend to wear the No. 32. In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look at the best players to ever wear this historic jersey number:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon in the gallery for details about each player.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA’s famous No. 32s

Who would you say is the best No. 32 ever? Leave your comments below!


  1. lbj says:

    If the king “LeBron” will wear the #32 he will be the best player to wear jersey #32!

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  3. Smillz Dailey says:

    Magic Johnson easily the best to ever wear 32! Any arguments past that is just ignorance.

    • lbj says:

      the king “LeBron” is more all around player compare to magic and can play from 1 to 5 position and much high ball IQ

      • Najeero says:

        Magic could play all 5 positions as well. The only areas that LeBron is betta than Magic at are shooting, athleticism, shot-blockin and he’s stronger. LeBron might be a lil bit betta at reboundin too.

  4. J. Hackett says:

    Kevin McHale is the best low-post player of all time and the best to wear #32.

  5. Exiled says:

    I think. Players now days shrunk, McHale look giants next to now days players though he was under size during his era

  6. BMelo says:

    #1 Magic Johnson
    #2 Karl Malone
    #3 Kevin Mchale
    #4 Julius Erving
    #5 Shaq

    And for the comment above for Lebron wearing 32. He wouldn’t even make it into the top 5

  7. AJackson says:

    Julius Doctor J Erving was the best player who wore N. 32.
    He was AMAZING

  8. dustydreamnz says:

    Wow, never knew so many legends wore #32. Must be the most famous number in basketball?

  9. Gorygo76 says:

    #1 Magic
    #2 Shaq
    #3 Kevin Mchale
    #4 Julius Erving
    #5 Karl Malone

    • lbj says:

      It goes something like this

      GOAT who wear #32 if the king “LeBron” wore it then succeeded by the following below..

      #1 Magic
      #2 Shaq
      #3 Kevin Mchale
      #4 Julius Erving
      #5 Karl Malone

    • JadenX says:

      I’d put Shaq above McHale if the question is about who is a better player. But since Shaq was in Lakers’ #34 jersey during his prime, I’ll have him behind McHale in terms of #32.

  10. lbj says:

    It goes something like this

    GOAT who wear #32 if the king “LeBron” wore it then succeeded by the following below.

    #1 Magic
    #2 Shaq
    #3 Kevin Mchale
    #4 Julius Erving
    #5 Karl Malone

  11. Per says:

    Lbj you are an idiot. lebron can’t wear no. 23 in miami coz Pat riley retired that number in honor of Jordan

  12. Larry says:

    #32 Karl Malone was the best #32 – #2 all time scorer in NBA history and a real iron man – only missed less than 10 games in 20 seasons with the Jazz. He and John Stockton made the Jazz serious contenders every year.

  13. warren says:

    FYI…lebron couldnt wear #23 is MIA, because the Heat retired #23 in honor of MJ (Yes, he was THAT good that another team he never played for retired his jersey)

  14. ren says:

    how about #3?

  15. ren says:

    tell me who r d best players who had wear #3..tnx . .

  16. Kdog says:

    Why is someone talking about lebron in this conversation he wears 6 this is about 32.. Trust me he the king and Jordan’s number should be retired from all nba teams but come on LBJ let’s focus on the topic

  17. Brno says:

    LBJ just by your comments i can see that you simple dont understand nothing about basketball…So LBJ has more basketball IQ than MAGIC???
    This is not a video game.LBJ the one who didnt knew that crab driblle wasnt possible the one who is always making travels.
    You are like those guys who say that Kobe has a great basketball IQ.

  18. Brno says:

    2-Moses Malone
    4-Adrian Dantley

    32-The best number along side with 33