You can spot celebrities here and there at NBA games all year long, especially in places like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. However, when the playoffs roll around, that’s when the celebs come out in droves. Maybe they’re all huge fans of high-stakes hoops; maybe they like to schmooze with other famous people; or maybe they’re just the only ones who can actually afford playoffs tickets. Who knows. All I know is you can hardly turn on TNT these days without seeing a closeup of some famous actor wearing a baseball cap and trying to look like they don’t want to be noticed.
So who’s been sitting courtside so far this year? Click the arrows to find out.
Seriously? As if Stephen Curry weren't reason enough to like the Warriors, here is MC Hammer, spotted at Game 6 of their first round series against the Nuggets.
No, Mr. Hammer, you can't touch this!
25. MC Hammer
I wonder if Andy Garcia is rocking the rugged mountain man look for a role, or if that's just the vibe he's going for these days? In any case, he was spotted at Game 4 between the Lakers and Spurs.
24. Andy Garcia
It's hard to tell if everyone's favorite Hollywood hipster, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, really is a huge LA sports fan, or whether he's just being ironic. Either way, he definitely was at Game 3 between the Lakers and Spurs.
23. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
It's a good thing Rick Ross decided to shake Udonis Haslem's hand. If he had even touched LeBron the guy would have flopped onto the floor and covered his face with his hands.
22. Rick Ross
"Seriously? Jason Sudekis is dating Olivia Wilde?"
– Jason Sudekis's Mom
21. Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudekis
The Amazing Spiderman took in Game 1 of the Knicks-Pacers series. They gave him courtside seats because he said he was bringing his girlfriend, Emma Stone.
20. Andrew Garfield
Okay, I'll admit that the guy to the right of Jessie Eisenberg is probably not Satan. But seriously, dude, what's with the menacing look? Just relax and enjoy the game.
19. Jessie Eisenberg & Satan
That's Jack Nicholson's 23-year-old daughter, Lorraine, who just graduated from Brown. If she looks familiar, maybe it's because you saw that movie about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who had her arm bitten off by a shark. She played Alana Blanchard.
18. Jack Nicholson & Lorraine Nicholson
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (real name: Michael Peter Balzary) enjoys the basketball.
On a side note, can you believe this guy is 50 years old?
Speaking of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis took in Game 4 of the Spurs-Lakers series with his son, Everly Bear. (And yes, I double-checked. Everly Bear is Kiedis's son.)
16. Anthony Kiedis
Hey, look, it's Khloe Kardashian. You know, the one married to Lamar Odom of the Clippers.
15. Khloe Kardashian
If I'm not mistaken, we saw Rainn Wilson at a Los Angeles Kings playoffs game last year. So the Office star is either a big fan of all L.A. sports teams, or he just really likes the concessions at the Staples Center.
14. Rainn Wilson
Half the Kings of Leon (who are from Oklahoma) were at Game 4 between the Thunder and Grizzlies in OKC. That's Nathan on the left and Mathew on the right.
13. Nathan and Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon)
Now that the Clippers are the best basketball team in Los Angeles (weird), lots of celebs can be spotted at their games. However, give Billy Crystal credit. He's always been a Clippers fan.
12. Billy Crystal
Sean John was at Game 2 between the Knicks and Celtics at Madison Square Garden, hanging out with dudes in suits and preppy sweaters.
11. Puffy Diddy
Arrested Development star Jason Bateman was spotted at Game 5 of the Knicks-Pacers series. If you didn't know the Knicks lost that one already, you could probably tell by the look on Bateman's face.
10. Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman)
Jason Bateman's TV brother, Will Arnett, was also at Game 5 of the Knicks-Pacers series. Apparently they didn't feel like sitting next to each other.
Aside: what's up with the D-Rose hat, Will?
9. G.O.B. Bluth (Will Arnett)
Will Smith's 76ers weren't in the playoffs this year thanks in large part to the salsa dancing antics of Andrew Bynum. However, he at least made his loyalties known while taking in Game 5 of the Bulls-Heat series with his son.
8. Will Smith & Jaden Smith
I don't know who Lil Wayne's favorite team is, but I know he's definitely rooting against the Heat.
7. Lil Wayne
Is it just me, or does it look like Sting is learning how to clap for the first time here?
Who doesn't like Michael J. Fox—am I right?
Anyway, here he is with his 23-year-old son, Sam, at Game 1 between the Knicks and Celtics.
5. Michael J. Fox & Sam Michael Fox
I honestly don't know what the hell Kevin Hart does other than show up at NBA events, but everybody knows Jaleel White is Urkel. And, seriously, how awesome would it be to run into Urkel at a basketball game?
4. Jaleel White & Kevin Hart
That's kind of a strange grouping of celebrities, isn't it? I'm assuming they were all sitting together by coincidence, but you never know. Maybe they're all besties.
3. Spike Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christine Taylor & Ben Stiller
Emmy Rossum, otherwise known as "that girl from that one movie" (Phantom of the Opera, The Day After Tomorrow), is apparently a Knicks fan.
If you'd like to see more of her (and I do mean more—wink, wink) check her out on the Showtime series Shameless, which also stars William H. Macy.
2. Emmy Rossum
Sometimes I don't see what all the fuss is about when it comes to Rihanna. Then I see pictures like this, and I'm like, "oh, right."
Anyway, here's the singer hanging out at the Nets game against the Bulls with Jay-Z. They make a lovely...wait a second. Where's Beyoncé?