NBA Rookies Explain What Their Jersey Number Signifies

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The 2013 NBA draft class revealed the significance of their jersey number during the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in New York last week.

Here’s a rundown according to the player interviews with Bleacher Report:

Cody Zeller – Charlotte Bobcats – 40: “It’s kind of our family number, it goes all the way back to our grandpa. He won the state championship with Nebraska in 1942.”

Shabazz Muhammad – Minnesota Timberwolves – 15: “I used to love watching Vince Carter and I loved watching high-flyers.”

Giannis Adetokunbo – Milwaukee Bucks – 34: “It’s for both of my parents. My father is 63 and my mother is 64 so I picked the 3 and the 4.”

Glen Rice Jr. – Washington Wizards -14: “I picked number 14 for my favorite play, the 1-4 flat…just everybody clear out, 1-4.”

Mason Plumlee – Brooklyn Nets – 1: “I wanted 5, 5 is what I wore in college. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think [the Nets] are going to retire it [for Jason Kidd]. 21 was what I was going to wear next and then they were said KG might want 21. Then 00 was taken so I went with the next number, number 1. ”

CJ McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers – 3: “Allen Iverson had it and he’s one of the guys I looked up to. You’re always trying to find someone who is small and who made it and you kind of emulate your game after them.”

Trey Burke – Utah Jazz – 3: “It means a lot. First of all, Jesus Christ, The Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Besides that, A.I – Allen Iverson was one of my favorite players growing up.”

James Ennis – Miami Heat – 8: “I just picked it because I know Kobe came in as 8, so I thought I would give it a try.”

Peyton Siva – Detroit Pistons – 34: “3 was my number, it’s a tradition I had to keep the 3, and 4 was my brother’s number.”

Victor Oladipo – Orlando Magic – 5: “4 was already taken, what I wore in college. I wore 23 in high school, then I wore 4, so I chose to go with 5 because it’s like a pattern. 2, 3, 4 and then 5. Then I figured it’s like the 5 people, me, my 3 sisters and my mom. It’s us 5 together.”

Anthony Bennett – Cleveland Cavaliers – 15: “I had it at UNLV and decided to stick with the same number.”

 

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