The Jersey Blog Week 13

Another week. Another Jersey Blog. If you want in on the blog, be sure to DM pictures of your favourite jersey to one of the Bench Life Social accounts every Wednesday night.

Jersey of the Week Submissions

Fifth Place
Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets

Deron Williams in Brooklyn? What a time that was.

Brooklyns New Look Nets Who Wants A Piece Of Them 2013-14 Sports  Illustrated Cover by Sports Illustrated

People forget that there was a legitimate “Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams” debate for best point guard in the league once the Steve Nash/Jason Kidd era wound down. In hindsight Chris Paul kicked D-Will’s ass and still remains a top tier point guard while Williams has been retired for a few years now . But in his prime Williams was a legitimate star. From 2009-12 he average 19.8 points and 9.9 assists across 196 games. He may have been a nice player, but as always:

Fourth Place
Bill Russell Boston Celtics

One of the first NBA superstars, Russell has a case for the GOAT mantle if you go purely by rings. Honestly this is one of the coolest pictures in sports.

An interview with Bill Russell – Alan Paul

What a flex.

I don’t see anybody matching his 11 NBA championships, a North American pro sports record tied with NHL Hall of Famer Henri Richard. Detractors would say he was playing coal miners and janitors, or that the league only had like 10 teams at the time. Nonetheless the guy was an absolute legend and pioneer and remains one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors.

The Podium

Bronze Medal Jersey
Steve Nash Phoenix Suns

If Steve Nash wasn’t one of my favourite athletes of all-time, I realistically should’ve had Bill Russell ahead of him. That may seem unfair but I make the rules. If this was a purple or a white 90’s Suns jersey, or a Mavericks or even a Santa Clara University jersey it may even be number one in the rankings.

As for why Nash is one of my favourite athletes? He’s the best Canadian basketball player of all-time, is one of 11 NBA players to ever win back-to-back MVP awards (the others being Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo), and his passing made him an absolute highlight factory.

Silver Medal Jersey
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

The best Euro basketball player of all-time (at least until we see how the rest of Giannas’ career plays out) and master of the leaning fadeaway. Dirk had the most unblock-able jumpers of all-time. It’s just science.

Also Dirk’s run in the 2011 NBA playoffs is one of the greatest solo efforts from an NBA player ever. The guy averaged 27.7 points per game with shooting splits of .485/.460/.941 and 8.1 rebounds en route to his only NBA title. Dirk was able to carry a Mavericks team without a real secondary star to the finals and beat the Miami Heat in their first year of the Lebron-Wade-Bosh era.

As a Raptors fan it pains me that in the early 2000’s Toronto reportedly turned down a potential Vince Carter and Antonio Davis for Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki trade offered by the Mavericks. Imagine what could’ve been?

Steve Nash still haunted by the Nowitzki, Cuban 'Cowboy' pic (photo)

(Didn’t mean for this to turn into a Steve Nash blog but here we are)

Jersey of the Week
Jason Spezza Mississauga Ice Dogs

This jersey is a one-of-one. I have never seen a Mississauga Ice Dogs jersey before and I can’t imagine I will again. Jason Spezza was touted as “the best player ever drafted” during Don Cherry’s run as owner of the Ice Dogs. In 2007 the team moved to Niagara and the robot dog logo has not been seen since. What a find.

These 10 NHL players developed through OHL hockey in Mississauga |  Toronto.com

Jersey of the Week Standings

Adam just keeps on rolling. Some are wondering if we’re currently witnessing the Gretzky of jersey game in his prime. Phillip cracked the podium for the first time. Otherwise we didn’t really see any notable movement in the standings.

Jersey News Round-Up

These are pretty clean. Might need to scoop up a Mookie Betts jersey.

I’ve always said thee powder blue always plays.

Incoming Trubisky jersey in my cart.

Gotta get the elbows up there.

There’s a string of trade deadline guys with their new teams tweets.

Also happy Jackie Robinson day!

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