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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