If you join the Celtics, you can forget about wearing your favorite number

If you join the Celtics, you can forget about wearing your favorite number

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If you join the Celtics, you can forget about wearing your favorite number

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Last month, Amir JohnsonDavid Lee, Perry Jones, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko were introduced to the media in Boston smiling to the cameras with their new Celtic jerseys.

For Jones and Johnson, not only the colors were new but also the numbers. Johnson will wear No. 90 instead of the 15 he used at Westchester HS and Toronto. Jones, who played with No. 3 throughout his high school and pro career, will don No. 38.

Crowder and Jerebko, who are not new to the Celtics, will return with jersey numbers they had never worn for any other team before.

That’s not an exception to the rule but actually a pattern with the Celtics. The storied franchise has retired the jersey number of 21 different players. Factor in teammates that were already there before they arrived and newcomers in Boston have very little chance of wearing their favorite number.

How little?

We did research on the 105 NBA players that have competed for Boston between 2005-06 and 2014-15 and found out only 24 (22.8 percent) were able to play with their usual number in a Celtic jersey.

This is the full list.

Player Usual Number Celtic Number Change
Avery Bradley 0 0 No
Jared Sullinger 0 7 Yes
Glen Davis 0 11 Yes
James Young 1 13 Yes
Phil Pressey 1 26 Yes
Terrence Williams 1 55 Yes
Isaiah Thomas 2 4 Yes
Chris Babb 2 52 Yes
Nate Robinson 2 4 Yes
Gerald Wallace 3 45 Yes
DJ White 3 12 Yes
Troy Murphy 3 30 Yes
Stephon Marbury 3 8 Yes
Marcus Banks 3 11 Yes
Michael Finley 4 40 Yes
JR Giddens 4 4 No
Marcus Thornton 5 4 Yes
Keyon Dooling 5 51 Yes
Eddie House 5 50 Yes
Henry Walker 5 12 Yes
Orien Greene 5 0 Yes
Marquis Daniels 6 7 Yes
Jermaine O’Neal 7 7 No
Ryan Gomes 8 4 Yes
Marshon Brooks 9 12 Yes
Rajon Rondo 9 9 No
Semih Erden 9 86 Yes
Justin Reed 9 9 No
Keith Bogans 10 4 Yes
Leandro Barbosa 10 12 Yes
Sam Cassell 10 28 Yes
Wally Szczerbiak 10 55 Yes
Jonas Jerebko 11 8 Yes
Courtney Lee 11 11 No
Aleksandar Pavlovic 11 11 No
Evan Turner 12 11 Yes
Nenad Krstic 12 4 Yes
Kelly Olynyk 13 41 Yes
Gigi Datome 13 70 Yes
Vander Blue 13 13 No
Vitor Faverani 13 38 Yes
Delonte West 13 13 No
Gabe Pruitt 13 13 No
Jameer Nelson 14 28 Yes
Lester Hudson 14 26 Yes
Marcus Landry 14 12 Yes
Allan Ray 14 12 Yes
Ryan Hollins 15 50 Yes
Mickael Pietrus 20 28 Yes
Chris Johnson 20 86 Yes
Oliver Lafayette 20 40 Yes
Tayshaun Prince 21 12 Yes
Kevin Garnett 21 5 Yes
Kevinn Pinkney 21 51 Yes
Dan Dickau 21 20 Yes
Jeff Green 22 8 Yes
Christapher Johnson 23 12 Yes
Von Wafer 23 12 Yes
Tony Allen 24 42 Yes
Brian Scalabrine 24 44 Yes
JaJuan Johnson 25 12 Yes
Gerald Green 25 5 Yes
Al Jefferson 25 7 Yes
Patrick O’Bryant 26 26 No
Dwayne Jones 27 27 No
Brandon Bass 30 30 No
Carlos Arroyo 30 45 Yes
Rasheed Wallace 30 30 No
Mark Blount 30 30 No
Darko Milicic 31 99 Yes
Jason Terry 31 4 Yes
Mikki Moore 31 7 Yes
Scot Pollard 31 66 Yes
Sebastian Telfair 31 30 Yes
Ricky Davis 31 12 Yes
Jae Crowder 32 99 Yes
Brandan Wright 32 12 Yes
Jerryd Bayless 32 11 Yes
Kris Joseph 32 43 Yes
Jarvis Varnado 32 41 Yes
Shaquille O’Neal 32 36 Yes
Marcus Smart 33 36 Yes
Dwight Powell 33 12 Yes
Shelden Williams 33 13 Yes
Jason Collins 34 98 Yes
Paul Pierce 34 34 No
Ray Allen 34 20 Yes
Greg Stiemsma 34 54 Yes
Michael Olowokandi 34 41 Yes
Fab Melo 41 13 Yes
James Posey 41 41 No
Shavlik Randolph 42 42 No
PJ Brown 42 93 Yes
Theo Ratliff 42 50 Yes
Kris Humphries 43 43 No
Kendrick Perkins 43 43 No
Tyler Zeller 44 44 No
Luke Harangody 44 55 Yes
Leon Powe 44 0 Yes
Raef LaFrentz 45 45 No
Joel Anthony 50 50 No
Sean Williams 51 56 Yes
Chris Wilcox 54 44 Yes
Jordan Crawford 55 27 Yes
E’Twaun Moore 55 55 No

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