Sep. 30, 2016
To Open 2016-17 NBA Preseason, Here's a List of Top 10 California Players who wore No. 16 and 17
Surprisingly, there aren't that many players who wore 16 or 17 on their jerseys for California teams. To qualify for the list the players must have played while the franchises were in California- or the player must be from California. Of note: The Clippers franchise had just a few players to sport the 16 or 17 jersey, all of them being lower tier players, I decided to put them on the list anyway.
10- (17) Tony Brown played the 91-92 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 4 points per game. In the 2014–15 season, Brown was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as an assistant to new head coach Lionel Hollins. He took over as interim head coach after Hollins was fired.
9- (16) Wang Zhizhi, a 7-foot center, was the first ever Chinese player to play in the National Basketball Association when he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 36th pick in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft. He ended up with the Los Angeles Clippers for portions of the 2002-2003 and '04 seasons. In 43 games with the Clip joint he averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
8- (16) Ron Brewer was a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors during parts of 1983 and 1983-84 season. In 66 games with the Dubs he averaged 10 points per game and had a good 3-point stroke at 43.8 percent.
7- (17) Rick Fox was a key player for the Lakers during the Kobe/ Shaq era. He averaged 8.7 points per game, along with 3.7 boards and 2.9 assists.
6- (17) Andrew Bynum was a moderate to good big man for the Los Angeles Lakers during their back-to-back championship seasons in 2009 and 2010. In seven years with the Lakers he averaged 11.7 points and 7.8 boards per game.
5- (16) Al Attles was a point guard, player coach and then head coach for the 1975 Warriors Championship team. During his playing days he helped the Warriors win the 1964 and 1967 Championships as well. In seven seasons as a point guard he consistently dropped in about 10 points a game and 3 to 5 assists.
4- (17) Jim Pollard, known as the Kangaroo Kid, played for the Lakers franchise back when they were in Minneapolis. He was born in Oakland. He was an four time all-star in seven seasons and averaged 13.2 points, 3.2 assist and 7.8 rebounds per game.
3- (16) Peja Stojakovic is one of the greatest players in Sacramento Kings history and one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history. The only reason he is ranked behind the No. 2 guy on the list, Pao Gasol is because his playoff performances weren't quite as good and his career numbers are a tad less. In eight years with the Kings, from 1998 to 2005, he averaged 18.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He shot 89..3 percent from the free throw line and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. He was a three-time all-star with the Kings.
2- (16) Pau Gasol, a 7-foot center/ power forward, is entering his 16th season in the NBA and will have to be considered a Hall-of-Fame candidate when his playing days are over. He was second to Kobe Bryant during the Lakers back-to-back 2009, 2010 championship teams. In seven years with the Lakers he averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
1- (17) Chris Mullin is one of the best players in Golden State Warriors history, a Hall-of-Famer, and a gold medal Olympian. In 13 years with the Warriors, 1985-1997 and 2000-01, he averaged 20.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He was a five time all-star and shot 36.6 percent from downtown.