NBA mailbag: Who will be the last player to wear No. 6 after its leaguewide retirement?

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Who might be the last NBA player to ever wear No. 6?

The league announced last week that Bill Russell's iconic No. 6 will become the first jersey number retired leaguewide. Russell died last month at age 88, and was the NBA's winningest superstar, a pioneering Black coach and a powerful advocate for civil rights.

Current players wearing No. 6 will be allowed to continue, which raises this week's primary mailbag question: Which of the 14 players listed as No. 6 on their current rosters might eventually be the last player with the number?

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This week's mailbag also tackles the value of having the No. 1 pick on a rookie contract and the impact of the NBA hypothetically changing the so-called "Stepien rule" requiring teams to have a draft pick in alternating future years.

"Who will be the last player to wear No. 6 after its retirement?"

-- John