The Shape of the Hoophead

Each day, we will select one basketball player who best embodies the combination of sefirot for that week and day and whose jersey matches the day. You might think that would be too limiting, but according to Basketball Reference, 332 players in NBA history have worn the #3 at some point in their career. When you include, WNBA players and the Olympics, it’s almost too much.

Players will be chosen based on:

  1. Their embodiment of that day’s combination of sefirot.
  2. Their overall greatness as the player
  3. Their performance wearing that jersey number.
  4. Their overall contribution to and representation of the sport.

That’s it. We’re not selecting the best player to wear each number and we’re not selecting our favorite player. We’re creating the primordial basketball player, the prototype and the ideal.

This post will be updated each day.

1Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Mo Cheeks
2Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Gevurah (Power)Kawhi Leonard
3Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Tif’eret (Beauty, Harmony)Candace Parker
4Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Netzach (Endurance)Dolph Schayes
5Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Hod (Splendor, Humility)Juwan Howard
6Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Yesod (Foundation, Tzadik)Bill Russell
7Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Malchut (Kingship)Kyle Lowry
8Gevurah (Power)Hesed (Loving-Kindness)Kemba Walker
9Gevurah (Power)Gevurah (Power)Lisa Leslie & Bob Petit
10Gevurah (Power)Tiferet (Beauty, Harmony)Sue Bird
11Gevurah (Power)Netzach (Endurance)Klay Thompson
12Gevurah (Power)Hod (Splendor, Humility)Steven Adams
13Gevurah (Power)Yesod (Foundation, Tzadik)Šarūnas Marčiulionis
14Gevurah (Power)Malchut (Kingship)Cynthia Cooper
15Tif’eretHesed (Loving-Kindess)Nikola Jokić
16Tif’eretGevurah (Power)Pau Gasol
17Tif’eretTif’eretJohn Havlicek
18Tif’eretNetzachPhil Jackson
19Tif’eretHodWillis Reed
20Tif’eretYesodManu Ginóbili
21Tif’eretMalchutTim Duncan/Kevin Garnett
22NetzachHesedIsaiah Thomas
23NetzachGevurahLeBron James/Maya Moore
24NetzachTif’eretAndre Miller
25NetzachNetzachRobert Horry
26NetzachHodKyle Korver
27NetzachYesodJack Twyman
28NetzachMalchutAndre Iguodala
29HodHesedPaul Silas
30HodGevurahBreanna Stewart
31HodTif’eretShane Battier
32HodNetzachShaquille O’Neal
33HodHodScottie Pippen
34HodYesodHakeem Olajuwon
35HodMalchutMark Madsen
36YesodHesedMarcus Smart
37YesodGevurahSemi Ojeleye
38YesodTif’eretLuka Doncic
39YesodNetzachLuka Doncic
40YesodHodHarrison Barnes
41YesodYesodDirk Nowitzki
42YesodMalchutJames Worthy
43MalchutHesedJack Sikma
44MalchutGevurahJerry West
45MalchutTif’eretMichael Jordan
46MalchutNetzachAaron Baynes
47MalchutHodJerry Lucas
48MalchutYesodNazr Mohammed
49MalchutMalchutMel McCants

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