All of the players who changed their number to honor Kobe Bryant
The tragic death of Kobe Bryant last month sent shockwaves throughout the NBA world. Seeing as Bryant remains one of the most influential players in league history, many current players have decided to change their jersey numbers in honor of the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar.
Bryant wore both nos. 8 and 24 throughout his 20-year NBA career and as a way to pay respect to their idol, many players with those numbers have opted for a different jersey number.
Plumlee is averaging 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 60.5 percent from the floor.
Okafor is changing from No. 8 to No. 9.
The former third-overall pick is averaging 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Burks is averaging a career-high 16.1 points per game this season along with 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
After switching to No. 7 for one game, the second-year-pro will no longer wear No. 8 and will now sport No. 5 for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Smith has appeared in just five games for Philly this season playing 5.8 minutes a contest.
Formerly wearing No. 8, Morris will now wear No. 88 for the Detroit Pistons to honor Bryant.
Morris is averaging 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.
Unlike the others on this list, Cook will be switching his jersey number from No. 2 to No. 28.
The move is a tribute to Kobe’s No.8 and Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna who wore No. 2 and was also involved in the tragic accident.
Orlando Magic wing Terrence Ross is switching from No. 8 to No. 31.
Ross wore No. 31 during his five-season stint with the Toronto Raptors earlier in his career.
The Brooklyn Nets guard and Los Angeles native is changing his number from No. 8 to N0. 26.
Dinwiddie says that he has various reasons for choosing 26 in particular.
The fifth-year pro will switch from No. 8 to No. 15, a number he wore during his youth.
The former top-10 pick is averaging 7.2 points per game in 16.2 minutes per contest.
The former Yale Bulldog has appeared in just three games for the Jazz this season in limited minutes.
The 6-foot-7 wing is averaging 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from deep.