Almost all jersey numbers that some NBA players have printed on their backs symbolize something important to them.
Some get those numbers with ease and some don't.
Here is a look at the current superstars and why they chose what they chose...
This is isn't something Dame chose but he was born with it. In fact, he doesn't consider it a number at all. Born in Oakland, played in Ogden, and now playing in Oregon, Lillard chose this to represent these cities. Rumor has it that his blood type is O positive so this is who he is.
The number 35 that he wore for most of his career was a homage to KD's long-time coach Big Chucky who died in an unfortunate shooting. It wasn't until his trade to the Nets that he decided to start afresh and picked the number 7.
Embiid almost didn't get the number 21 that he wanted when he came to the NBA but when Thaddeus Young was traded, he got it. Tim Duncan is the legendary player because of whom Joel prefers 21. Embiid has openly spoken about the influence Tim has had on him.
The number 27 is a depiction of his journey into the NBA. Gobert was the 27th overall pick in 2015 by the Denver Nuggets. But was instantly traded to the Jazz. So, Rudy had a point to prove and that's why he chose 27, to show the rest of the league that they made a mistake skipping him in the draft.
Chris Paul has been wearing the No 3 ever since he was a child. He idolized his father and his brother CJ and they were both into sports. Chris had to carry the family tradition and since his father wore No.1, and his brother wore No.2, Chris picked the number 3.
Giannis chose 34 because of his family and because he owes everything to theml. His father Charles was born on June 3rd and his mother Veronica on June 4th. This gave Giannis a unique way of showing them his appreciaton. This is also why his brother Thanasis wears 43.