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NBA Players and their Jersey Numbers

You probably wondered is there any explicit reason why players choose a certain jersey number after they get drafted by NBA teams. We did some research on this subject and found out there are a few cool stories we had to share with our readers.

Let’s start our list with the GOAT, his “Airness” himself.

Michael Jordan

#45 was the number Michael used during his childhood and in baseball. Michael originally wore 23 in the NBA but switched to 45 for part of a season because he had played baseball in which he wore 45. This ended up being a bad idea so he switched back to 23 the following season.

#23 the iconic number. Today wore by Lebron James and Anthony Davis. In high school, his older brother wore the number 45 so MJ divided 45 in half and then rounded up.

#12 Jordan’s jersey was missing in a game against the Magic so the Bulls gave him a spare jersey.

Shaquille O'Neal

Patrick Ewing was his idol so he wore #33 in high-school and LSU. In Orlando #33 was taken by Terry Catledge, who was willing to sell it to Shaq for $50,000, but Shaq declined and wore #32. When he went to the lakers, #33 was the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, so he took #34. In Miami #33 was taken by Alonzo Mourning, so he went with #32. This kinda went back-and-forth in Phoenix and Cleveland, and finally, in his last year as a Celtic, he wore #36, because it was the sixth team he played for in the NBA.

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Reggie Miller

Wore #31 because it was the bad luck number 13 reversed (also his sister wore this number)

Kevin Durant

His first AAU coach discovered him in a rec league game, in a small community center. His Coach mentored him and taught him how to play well. He is the reason why KD is successful now, along with his mom. His Coach died at age 35, so KD chose that number to remember and honor him.

Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr's number of choice was 25 because it was his agreement with his high-school friends, he stayed true to himself in the league as well.

Chris Webber

Chris wore #4 because of Charles Barkley’s #34, but he wanted to have a small number since usually, all big men had big numbers, and guards had small numbers, and C-Webb wanted do be different. However in Washington in 1994–1995, while playing for the then-called Bullets, he wore number 2, because Scott Skiles who had #4 wanted an astonishing $300,000 for that jersey number(makes Terry Catledge feel robbed, eh?). Talk about team-chemistry.

Charles Barkley

Sir Charles wore #34 because it was the number on the biggest-sized uniform they had in high school, so he decided to stick with it (wore #32 in 91–92 for the 76′ers to honor Magic Johnson)

Andrei Kirilenko

He wears 47 and together with his initials, it becomes AK47 (avtomat kalashnikov), and to top it off he’s Russian, even born in the same city where the rifle was first manufactured

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