Hawks: Behind the Numbers - Royal Ivey

THE PLAYERS
Behind The Numbers
Gilbert Arenas 0, Wizards
Marcus Banks 3, Timberwolves
Mike Bibby 10, Kings
Andrew Bogut 6, Bucks
Kobe Bryant 8, Lakers
Jarron Collins 31, Jazz
Tony Delk 00, Pistons
Melvin Ely 2, Bobcats
Pau Gasol 16, Grizzlies
Manu Ginobli 20, Spurs
Drew Gooden 90, Cavaliers
Grant Hill 33, Magic
Royal Ivey 36, Hawks
Linton Johnson 43, Hornets
Dikembe Mutombo 55, Rockets
Eric Piatkowski 52, Bulls
Paul Pierce 34, Celtics
Shavlik Randolph 42, Sixers
Earl Watson 25, Sonics
Behind the Numbers: Royal Ivey

Some players pick a number when they are first starting out playing their sport, and never change it the rest of their lives. For Hawks PG Royal Ivey, that was not the case - necessarily.

"In high school I wore number 12," says Ivey, who led Cardozo HS in Queens to their first-ever New York PSAL title during his senior year before doing a post graduate year at Blair Academy in New Jersey.

"When I went to the University of Texas for college, I decided to add 12 to that to represent making the move to the next level."

As a four-year starter at UT, Ivey and his No. 24 jersey were a part of more victories than anyone else in school history. But when it was time to jump to the NBA, he had a decision to make.

"I thought about choosing the place I got drafted as my number for the pros, but I didn't like No. 37 (which is where he was chosen by the Hawks in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft). So I decided to stick with what I had done at Texas, and now I wear No. 36."

Wearing his No. 36 jersey, Ivey has started all but seven of the Hawks games so far this season and maintains an impressive 3-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.



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