SWORD MAGAZINE 137
1 Rodney Hood: The lefty swingman who came to
Cleveland in a Deadline deal last February wore No.
5 at Duke and during his first three-and-a-half years
in Utah. But when he was traded to the Wine and Gold,
Hood went back to the future – choosing the number
he wore back at Meridian High School in Meridian,
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 1: Daniel Gibson, Carlos Boozer,
Wesley Person, James Jones
2 Collin Sexton: The Young Bull is a man of action
and few words – and not much rattles the rookie,
including assuming the number of his unique
predecessor. In the end, it was an easy choice – Sexton
simply went with the numeral he’s worn throughout his
burgeoning young career.
“I’ve been wearing No. 2 since high school and I wore it in
college,” said Sexton. “So I was like: Let’s keep it going!”
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 2: Kyrie Irving, Mo Williams
3 George Hill:
point guard, who
also arrived in a Deadline
deal late last season, has a
very simple explanation for
wearing No. 3 – a numeral
he’s donned going back to
his high school days and
at IUPUI and in each of his
pro stints with San Antonio,
Indiana and Utah.
As an only child, it was only
him, his father and mother.
Thus, the number three.
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 3: Elmore Smith, Craig Ehlo, Bob
Sura, Dion Waiters, Sasha Pavlovic
5 JR Smith: The man they call “Swish” wore a
familiar number when he arrived as a rookie out
of high school in 2004 – No. 23. He went with No. 1
when he was dealt to the Nuggets in 2007 but switched to
No. 5 in his final season in Denver. Smith wore No. 8 with
the Knicks but returned to 5 when he came to Cleveland.
“My aunt – Katie Smith – wore No. 5 when she played in
high school – (I did too) – and now I still wear it because of
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 5: Jimmy Cleamons, John
Bagley, Steve Kerr, Earl Boykins, Steve Colter
8 Jordan Clarkson: If there was an award for the
most laid-back Cavalier, it’d go to Jordan Clarkson.
The lithe combo-guard, who arrived in a trade with
the Lakers last February – didn’t pick No. 8. It was picked
for him, and he was fine with it.
Clarkson had worn No. 6 through his first three-and-ahalf
years in Tinseltown and had hoped to wear it when
he arrived in Cleveland. But a guy by the name of LeBron
James wore that numeral in practice – and J.C. was forced
to bump up a couple digits.
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 8: Lonnie Shelton, Brian Skinner,
Christian Eyenga, Mateen Cleaves, Matthew Dellavedova
9 Channing Frye: The easy-going Cavaliers big
man has worn a few different numbers over the
course of his 13-year career – including two with
the Wine and Gold.
Frye wore No. 7 in his first two seasons in New York,
donned No. 44 as a Trailblazer and was No. 8 with Phoenix
and Orlando before taking No. 9 when he arrived in
Cleveland in a Deadline deal back in 2016. (Matthew
Dellavedova was sporting No. 8 at the time.)
He went back to No. 8 to start last season, but was traded
to the Lakers in early February. And when he re-signed
with the Cavaliers before this season – with Clarkson
claiming his old number – Frye returned to the digit he
wore when the Cavaliers took the NBA title in his first
season in Cleveland.
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 9: Randy Smith, Dan Majerle,