NBA Rookies Explain What Their Jersey Number Signifies


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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