The story behind the jersey number – Jimmy Butler

“Tough offense and tough style of play.” That’s Jimmy Butler’s calling card.

Honored as the Most Improved Player in 2014-15, a third-team selection on the NBA’s Best XI in 2016-17, a five-time All-Star, a four-time second-team selection on the NBA’s Best Defensive XI, and a gold medal in men’s basketball at the 2016 Rio Olympics, this is what Butler, who was abandoned by his biological mother in fourth grade because he was ugly, has delivered in his nine-year career.

Jimmy Butler, who graduated from Marquette University, entered the NBA in 2011 with the 30th pick in the first round of the draft and has played for the Bulls, Timberwolves, 76ers and Heat, during which he wore jersey number 21, 22 and 23 respectively, while in college he wore jersey number 33. Let’s take a look.

University Period

Jimmy Butler

In 2007, Jimmy Butler entered Taylor Junior College and was named to the All-ACC team after the season. He transferred to Marquette University for his sophomore season and wore No. 33 all the time because Butler boarded with his best buddy Jordan Leslie in high school, who used to wear No. 33, and he and his family gave Butler a lot of care at the time, and Leslie’s mom’s favorite player, Larry Bird, was No. 33, so Butler wore No. 33 all four years in college.

The Bulls period

#21 Jimmy Butler Bulls Jersey

Butler was 21 when he entered the 2011 NBA Draft. In college, Butler wore No. 33, but he had a teammate from Taylor Junior College, Joe Foles, who wore No. 21. Without his help, Butler would not have gotten into Marquette, so after being drafted, Butler decided to thank his brother Foles and chose No. 21.

Timberwolves and 76ers Period

#23 Jimmy Butler Timberwolves Jersey

Playing for the Timberwolves and 76ers, Butler has been wearing No. 23 jersey, he said because of his signing brand-Jordan, he is not trying to compare himself with Michael Jordan, Butler felt that Jordan also left the Bulls to join the Wizards back then, and he also left Chicago, so he chose No. 23.

Heat Period

Heat Jersey

Butler, who came to the Heat, chose jersey number 22 because of Ty Gibson, who had been wearing jersey number 22 during the Bulls’ time. Butler said the toughest player he met in his career was Gibson, who taught him how to be a professional player. 2011 to 2017, Gibson and Butler spent six glorious years together in the Bulls.

This is Jimmy Butler, and the jersey numbers he chose are all a tribute to those who have influenced him and helped him, quite literally, admirably!