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Social justice messages each NBA player is wearing on his jersey

Here’s a team-by-team list, including the reasons for some of their choices

NBA players are taking the court again, with many choosing to wear social justice messages on their jerseys for at least the first four days of the season.

The messages agreed upon by the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA are: Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Vote, I Can’t Breathe, Justice, Peace, Equality, Freedom, Enough, Power to the People, Justice Now, Say Her Name, Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can), Liberation, See Us, Hear Us, Respect Us, Love Us, Listen, Listen to Us, Stand Up, Ally, Anti-Racist, I Am A Man, Speak Up, How Many More, Group Economics, Education Reform and Mentor.

Of 350 players listed on rosters for the NBA’s restart, 300 players will wear social justice messages on the back of their jerseys, while 50 players decided to stick with their last names.

(Notable players who will not be wearing social justice messages include: Patrick Beverley, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Paul George, James Harden, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Kyle Kuzma, Kawhi Leonard, Dejounte Murray, Austin Rivers, Ben Simmons.)

Here’s a team-by-team look at what each player is wearing and the reasons for some of their choices:

Eastern Conference

Boston Celtics Jersey Phrase
Jaylen Brown Liberation
Carsen Edwards Equality
Tacko Fall Liberté
Javonte Green Enough
Gordon Hayward Education Reform
Enes Kanter Freedom
Semi Ojeleye Love Us
Romeo Langford Enough
Vincent Poirier Égalité
Marcus Smart Freedom
Jayson Tatum Black Lives Matter
Daniel Theis Black Lives Matter
Kemba Walker Love Us
Brad Wanamaker Enough
Tremont Waters Stand Up
Grant Williams Equality
Robert Williams III Respect Us
Brooklyn Nets Jersey Phrase
Jarrett Allen Sí Se Puede
Justin Anderson Equality
Chris Chiozza Black Lives Matter
Jamal Crawford Equality
Donta Hall Equality
Joe Harris Equality
Rodions Kurucs Peace
Tyler Johnson How Many More?
Caris LeVert Black Lives Matter
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot“I think freedom means a lot to everybody especially right now. I think that’s something that is due to everybody and everybody deserves it.”
Liberté
Jeremiah Martin How Many More?
Dzanan Musa Peace or Equality
Garrett Temple“The public school system isn’t nearly where it needs to be in a country as powerful as ours. Allowing people to be educated, allowing people to learn more things, maybe even changing some curriculum to make things more applicable to real-life scenarios, I think is something that really needs to happen.” via CNN
Education Reform
Lance Thomas Say Her Name
Indiana Pacers Jersey Phrase
Goga Bitadze Equality
Brian Bowen II Vote
Malcolm Brogdon“ ‘I can’t breathe’ aren’t just the last words of too many Black men & women brutally murdered at the hands of this country’s police. ‘I can’t breathe’ speaks to hundreds of years of oppression, injustice & inequality Black Americans have faced and still fight in the country.” I Can’t Breathe
Justin Holiday Say Their Names
Alize Johnson Justice
Jeremy Lamb Black Lives Matter
TJ Leaf Equality
T.J. McConnell Equality
Naz Mitrou-Long Equality
Doug McDermott Equality
Victor Oladipo Black Lives Matter
Domantas Sabonis Mes Lygus (Lithuanian for “Equality”)
JaKarr Sampson Freedom
Edmond Sumner Equality
Myles Turner Respect Us
T.J. Warren Justice
Miami Heat Jersey Phrase
Kyle Alexander Peace
Bam Adebayo Black Lives Matter
Jimmy Butler“With no message, no name, it’s going back to who I was. If I wasn’t who I was today, I’m no different than anybody else of color … I wanted that to be my message.”
Jae Crowder“I chose Black Lives Matter, simply because I just wanted to be behind the movement. … Obviously, some people have a misconception of it and I just want to bring the side that’s understood on my end and that’s just basically everyone getting treated equally and people who have high power, treat everybody the same.”
Black Lives Matters
Goran Dragic Equality
Udonis Haslem Black Lives Matter
Tyler Herro Black Lives Matter
Solomon Hill“When we send our kids to school that may be underfunded, teachers that are underpaid, you look at the facilities, the resources that that kid has, we’re already setting up our youth for failure.”
Education Reform
Andre Iguodala Group Economics
Derrick Jones Love Us
Meyers Leonard Equality
Kendrick Nunn Black Lives Matter
KZ Okpala I Can’t Breathe
Kelly Olynyk Equality
Duncan Robinson“I feel like it demands the conversation to be had, and it pushes it to the forefront, which obviously so much of this movement has really done and it’s forced uncomfortable conversations.”
Say Their Names
Chris Silva Sí Se Puede
Gabe Vincent Black Lives Matter
Milwaukee Bucks Jersey Phrase
Giannis Antetokounmpo Equality
Thanasis Antetokounmpo Equality
Eric Bledsoe Freedom
Sterling Brown Liberation
Pat Connaughton Equality
Donte DiVincenzo Equality
George Hill Justice Now
Ersan Ilyasova Justice
Kyle Korver“I just think that in this moment in time, this is the message. Anything I would ever hope to convey on the back of a jersey is represented in these three words.” via Marc Spears
Black Lives Matter
Frank Mason How Many More
Brook Lopez Justice Now
Robin Lopez Stand Up
Khris Middleton Black Lives Matter
Marvin Williams Black Lives Matter
D.J. Wilson Black Lives Matter
Wesley Matthews“ ‘Say Their Names’ and ‘Enough’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ and all that’s important, but, specifically to the state of Wisconsin, we’re a swing state.”
Vote
Orlando Magic Jersey Phrase
DJ Augustin Equality
Mo Bamba Black Lives Matter
Khem Birch
Michael Carter-Williams Liberation
Gary Clark Respect Us
James Ennis III Justice Now
Evan Fournier Justice
Melvin Frazier Jr. Equality
Markelle Fultz Respect Us
Aaron Gordon Freedom
Jonathan Isaac“Obviously there are things in our country that aren’t right and people who aren’t right. It goes for every single one of us, every single last one of us falls short of God’s glory, and I think that I just wanted to take that stance in saying that I believe that Jesus is the answer, so I didn’t think that wearing a message on the back of my jersey was the answer for me.”
Wes Iwundu
Robert “BJ” Johnson How Many More
Vic Law Antiracist
Terrence Ross
Nickola Vucevic“I feel like we’re all equals among each other — no matter our race, no matter our religion, no matter our differences.” Equality
Philadelphia 76ers Jersey Phrase
Alec Burks Enough
Joel Embiid
Tobias Harris
Al Horford
Furkan Korkmaz Equality
Shake Milton
Raul Neto Equality
Kyle O’Quinn Hear Us
Norvel Pelle
Josh Richardson Say Their Names
Glenn Robinson III
Mike Scott
Marial Shayok
Ben Simmons
Matisse Thybulle Vote
Toronto Raptors Jersey Phrase
OG Anunoby Say Their Names
Chris Boucher See Us
Oshae Brissett Respect Us
Terence Davis Speak Up
Marc Gasol Justice
Dewan Hernandez Black Lives Matter
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Speak Up
Serge Ibaka Respectez Biso (French dialect of “Respect Us”)
Stanley Johnson Equality
Kyle Lowry Education Reform
Patrick McCaw“I chose Say Their Names to understand the people that have been affected still are being affected by social justice and systematic racism.” via ESPN
Say Their Names
Malcolm Miller Black Lives Matter
Norman Powell“I knew where I wanted to stand on this matter and what I wanted to say – it was really close to me and how I felt at the time. Am I next?” via Raptors
Black Lives Matter
Pascal Siakam Black Lives Matter
Matt Thomas Black Lives Matter
Fred VanVleet “I was actually going to try to get an old Malcom X phrase, “By Any Means Necessary” on the back but wasn’t able to do that. … I ended up going Black Lives Matter just to keep the movement going.” via Marc Spears
Black Lives Matter
Paul Watson Black Lives Matter
Washington Wizards Jersey Phrase
Issac Bonga Peace
Troy Brown Jr. Black Lives Matte
Thomas Bryant
Jerian Grant
Rui Hachimura
Ian Mahinmi Vote
Garrison Matthews
Shabazz Napier Equality
Anzjes Pasecniks Equality
Jerome Robinson Black Lives Matter
Admiral Schofield Enough
Ish Smith
Jarrod Uthoff
Moritz Wagner Vote
Johnathan Williams Say Her Name

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks Jersey Phrase
J.J. Barea Igualdad (Spanish for “Equality”)
Trey Burke Equality
Antonius Cleveland Equality
Seth Curry Equality
Luka Doncic Enakopravnost (Slovenian for “Equality”)
Dorian Finney-Smith Equality
Tim Hardaway Jr. Equality
Justin Jackson Equality
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Égalité
Maxi Kleber Gleichberechtigung (German for “Equality”)
Courtney Lee Equality
Boban Marjanovic Equality
Kristaps Porzingis Vienlīdzība (Latvian for “Equality”)
Dwight Powell“Equality is something that we know is mighty important, especially right now with what’s going on. For some of the guys to put that in their native language kind of lends to the fact that we’re all part of this conversation regardless of where you come from or your race, creed, religion or whatever it may be.” via Mavs.com
Equality
Josh Reaves Equality
Delon Wright Equality
Denver Nuggets Jersey Phrase
Will Barton
Keita Bates-Diop Vote
Bol Bol Black Lives Matter
Vlatko Cancar Equality
Tyler Cook Black Lives Matter
Torrey Craig Love Us
Troy Daniels Black Lives Matter
PJ Dozier Respect Us
Jerami Grant
Gary Harris Equality
Nikola Jokic
Paul Millsap Vote
Monte Morris Black Lives Matter
Jamal Murray Freedom
Mason Plumlee Peace
Michael Porter Jr. Stand Up
Noah Vonleh I Can’t Breathe
Houston Rockets Jersey Phrase
Bruno Caboclo Justice Now
DeMarre Carroll
Tyson Chandler“What I was thinking about doing was wearing Trayvon Martin’s name because I thought that would be a powerful statement. I felt like it would remind people that we don’t know what this young man’s future could have been. … But that wasn’t one of the ones [we could use] so I’ll keep my name on the back.”
Chris Clemons Justice Now
Robert Covington Black Lives Matter
Michael Frazier Equality
Eric Gordon Equality
Jeff Green Vote
James Harden
Danuel House Jr.
Luc Mbah a Moute Justice
Ben McLemore
Austin Rivers“I wasn’t able to put Trayvon so I’m using my name. I do like some of the messages that they have. I like that some of the players are using [them], but I wanted to go a different route.”
P.J. Tucker
Russell Westbrook Black Lives Matter
LA Clippers Jersey Phrase
Patrick Beverley
Amir Coffey How Many More
Paul George
Jamychal Green Black Lives Matter
Montrezl Harrell How Many More
Reggie Jackson Liberation
Kawhi Leonard
Terance Mann I Am A Man
Marcus Morris Sr.“I just wanted to do something deeper in the community. I am from that. So, I understand the transition. As a community, we can start there [with Education Reform] in doing some things.” via Marc Spears
Education Reform
Rodney McGruder Peace
Joakim Noah Justice
Patrick Patterson I Am A Man
Landry Shamet Equality
Lou Williams Equality
Ivica Zubac Enough
Los Angeles Lakers Jersey Phrase
Kostas Antetokounmpo Peace
Devontae Cacok Justice Now
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Alex Caruso Black Lives Matter
Quinn Cook Say Their Names
Anthony Davis
Jared Dudley
Danny Green How Many More
Talen Horton-Tucker Black Lives Matter
Dwight Howard
LeBron James“I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal. I would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind but I wasn’t part of that process and that’s OK.”
Kyle Kuzma
JaVale McGee Respect Us
Markieff Morris Education Reform
Rajon Rondo
JR Smith Justice Now
Dion Waiters Black Lives Matter
Memphis Grizzlies Jersey Phrase
Grayson Allen Enough
Kyle Anderson“I think the world needs to listen to us — not just our country but the world. Everybody, they need to know what’s going on in our world so that we can make it a better world.”
Listen To Us
Dillon Brooks
Brandon Clarke Peace
Gorgui Dieng Black Lives Matter
Marko Guduric Equality
Jaren Jackson Jr. Vote
Josh Jackson I Am A Man
Tyus Jones I Can’t Breathe
John Konchar Equality
De’Anthony Melton
Ja Morant Enough
Jontay Porter
Anthony Tolliver Group Economics
Jonas Valanciunas Equality
Yuta Watanabe Peace
Justise Winslow Speak Up
New Orleans Pelicans Jersey Phrase
Nickiel Alexander-Walker Vote
Lonzo Ball Equality
Zylan Cheatham Say Their Names
Derrick Favors Listen To Us
Josh Hart Say Their Names
Jaxson Hayes Equality
Jrue Holiday Say Their Names
Brandon Ingram Freedom
Frank Jackson Peace
Nicolo Melli Uguaglianza (Italian for “Equality”)
Darius Miller Power To The People
E’Twaun Moore Equality
Jahlil Okafor Equality
JJ Redick Say Their Names
Sindarius Thornwell Black Lives Matter
Kenrich Williams I Can’t Breathe
Zion Williamson Peace
Oklahoma City Thunder Jersey Phrase
Steven Adams Kia Kaha (Māori for “Stay Strong” aka “Power To The People”)
Darius Bazley
Deonte Burton
Hamidou Diallo Black Lives Matter
Luguentz Dort Respekte Nou (Haitian Creole for “Respect Us”)
Terrance Ferguson Black Lives Matter
Danilo Gallinari Giustizia (Italian for “Justice”)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Equality
Devon Hal Love Us
Kevin Hervey Shalom (Hebrew for “Peace”)
Mike Muscala Peace
Abdel Nader Peace
Nerlens Noel Equality
Chris Paul“I chose ‘EQUALITY’ because it reminds us that in order to have real impact and change, we need to make a conscious effort to level the playing field and create systems that are not bias based on race, education, economics or gender,” via Marc Spears
Equality
Andre Roberson I Am A Man
Dennis Schroder Black Lives Matter
Phoenix Suns Jersey Phrase
Deandre Ayton Respect Us
Aron Baynes Equality
Devin Booker Equality
Mikal Bridges Respect Us
Jevon Carter Respect Us
Cheick Diallo Freedom
Ty Jerome Enough
Cam Johnson Equality
Frank Kaminsky Equality
Jalen Lecque Equality
Elie Okobo Equality
Kelly Oubre Peace
Cameron Payne Equality
Ricky Rubio Justice
Dario Saric Antiracist
Portland Trail Blazers Jersey Phrase
Jaylen Adams I Can’t Breathe
Carmelo Anthony“I was playing off of peace with the double zero [jersey number]. And the reason why I picked double zero is it being kind of an infinite number. The message for me would be, ‘We want infinite peace or we don’t want none at all.’ ” via Marc Spears Peace
Zach Collins Black Lives Matter
Wenyen Gabriel Antiracist
Mario Hezonja Stand Up
Jaylen Hoard Égalité (French for “Equality”)
Damian Lillard How Many More
Nassir Little Black Lives Matter
CJ McCollum Education Reform
Jusuf Nurkic Ravnopravnost (Bosnian for “Equality”)
Anfernee Simons I Can’t Breathe
Gary Trent Jr. I Am A Man
Hassan Whiteside How Many More
Sacramento Kings Jersey Phrase
Marvin Bagley III Freedom
Harrison Barnes Say Their Names
Kent Bazemore Education Reform
Nemanja Bjelica Equality
Bogdan Bogdanovic Sloboda (Serbian for “Freedom”)
Corey Brewer Peace
Yogi Ferrell How Many More
De’Aaron Fox Antiracist
Harry Giles III Say Her Name
Kyle Guy Black Lives Matter
Buddy Hield Respect Us
Richaun Holmes Black Lives Matter
Justin James Peace
DaQuan Jeffries Power To The People
Cory Joseph Black Lives Matter
Alex Len Peace
Jabari Parker Group Economics
San Antonio Spurs Jersey Phrase
Marco Belinelli Uguaglianza (Italian for “Equality”)
DeMar DeRozan Education Reform
Drew Eubanks Justice
Bryn Forbes Equality
Rudy Gay Justice
Keldon Johnson Justice
Trey Lyles Antiracist
Chimezie Metu
Patty Mills
Dejounte Murray
Jakob Poeltl Black Lives Matter
Luca Samanic Freedom
Lonnie Walker Black Lives Matter
Quinndary Weatherspoon I Can’t Breathe
Derrick White Enough
Tyler Zeller
Utah Jazz Jersey Phrase
Tony Bradley Peace
Jarrell Brantley Enough
Jordan Clarkson Peace
Mike Conley“I think it is just a truly powerful statement that was made in Memphis during the sanitation strike down there. … That is why I am doing it. The education and also alongside understanding that we are people just like you. ” via Marc Spears
I Am A Man
Ed Davis Education Reform
Rudy Gobert Equality
Joe Ingles Ally
Donovan Mitchell“I wanted to wear Breonna Taylor’s name anyway. It happened in the city where I went to school, to college in Louisville. … There’s no way on earth an innocent woman should be killed in her own home.” via Nick DePaula
Say Her Name
Juwan Morgan Say Their Names
Emmanuel Mudiay Peace
Georges Niang
Royce O’Neale Equality
Miye Oni Power to the People
Rayjon Tucker Justice
Nigel Williams-Goss Justice Now
Justin Wright-Foreman Justice

Liner Notes

Information from NBA.com was used for this list.