Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Numbers game: Wallace, Pressey get digits
By Chris Forsberg
Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace will wear No. 45, while rookie guard Phil Pressey will sport No. 26, according to the team's updated online roster.
Wallace wore No. 3 at the start of his career before taking No. 45 after joining the Nets. He'll be the first Celtics player to sport that number since Carlos Arroyo's late-season cameo during the 2011 season (it hadn't been previously seen since Raef LaFrentz wore it from 2006-08).
Pressey wore No. 1 at Missouri, but picked No. 26 for the Celtics' summer league entry in Orlando. That digit had been dormant in Boston for 30 years before Patrick O'Bryant (2009) and Lester Hudson (2010) selected it.
Overseas import Vitor Faverani is the only Celtics player currently without an official jersey number, though he re-Tweeted a picture of a customized No. 38 jersey. Faverani wore No. 13 in Spain (and it's part of his Twitter handle) and you wonder if he might have been able to lobby fellow Brazil native Fab Melo for that digit. Melo could always shift to his college number 51, the jersey he tried to get last summer as a rookie (but was being held for Keyon Dooling, who eventually re-signed with Boston, but retired soon after). Melo also wore No. 41 during his time with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League last season.
If that number sticks, and once he officially makes the opening-day roster, Faverani would become the first Celtics player to wear No. 38. Rookie second-round pick Colton Iverson, who will play in Turkey this season, picked No. 37 and could eventually be the first player to wear that number for Boston.
For a history of Celtics' digits, check out Basketball Reference's number register.