The NBA is holding its first ever NBA fashion show at the 2015 All-Star weekend in New York. However, we don’t need a contest judge by Charles Barkley (seriously) to tell us who the most stylish NBA players are. Have a good look around the league and the trend-setters and icons will become readily apparent. And today, we’re going to share our thoughts on the matter.
Now, you might notice that our list of stylish NBA players includes many of the league’s biggest stars. And from there you might assume that we only notice them because they’re the most famous. But this is not the case. The fact is, the best players have the most to gain by spending money on stylists and PR consultants to help them craft their public image. So, frankly, if an NBA superstar is not one of the most stylish NBA players, something is probably wrong.
That being said, there are a few non-superstars on the list who get by on their own natural fashion sense. Though, obviously, these guys are still filthy rich by regular person standards. It’s not like their pulling together amazing looks from stuff they got at Target and Old Navy.
In any case, take a look at the list. Chances are there are a few guys (Iman Shumpert?) you think we should have included. Tell us who you think should be number one.
Wizards star John Wall isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. When it comes to fashion, the fifth-year point guard like to keep things classic. That's why he comes in at #15. But what makes John Wall stand out is the fact that his preppy has a bit more pop better than most. The guy is crisp and clean.
15. John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Not everybody can pull off hats like this. Thunder forward Serge Ibaka can. Plus he does just about everything else well, too. Jeans slim, but not too slim. Perfectly tailored shirts and jackets. Excellent shoes. The guy wouldn't look out of place in a Bruno Mars video...except that he's about two feet taller than Bruno Mars.
14. Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder)
The only player in the NBA that does straight-up casual preppy better than John Wall? CP4. Dude always looks like he might be going to a party on somebody's yacht, and it totally works for him.
13. Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
In my opinion, nobody in the league does formal wear better than the Boshtrich. I mean, just look at that image on the right. How many men could make a Chanel man-purse look so badass?
Unfortunately, Bosh does not do casual nearly as well as formal, which is why he's ranked as low as he is.
12. Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)
Veteran Clippers forward Matt Barnes may not be a superstar, but he does have superstar style. The guy has played with eight different teams over his 13-year career. Maybe it's all the travelling and moving around that cultivated his fashion sense.
11. Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers)
Carmelo Anthony has been one of the NBA's fashion trend-setters since he joined the league in 2003. He was one of early adopters of the bow-tied "nerd chic" look that swept the league a few years back, but he doesn't let himself get pigeon-holed. As you can see here, Melo can rock a number of different looks—even if he does often have a kind of dumb look on his face.
10. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Kevin Durant doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would be a fashion icon. With his "nice guy" rep that he can't quite shake, you kind of expect the 2014 NBA MVP to show up at games rocking Tim Duncan dad jeans. But no. The fact is, KD is smooth as hell.
9. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
You can't say it's a total surprise that James Harden has become one of the NBA's most top scorers in recent years. The guy was drafted 3rd overall in 2009. However, while the guy looked pretty dapper on draft day, who knew he would become a fashion icon? With that epic beard, the guy has carved out one of the most distinctive looks in the league.
8. James Harden (Houston Rockets)
If Chris Paul is the king of casual preppy, Dahntay Jones is the king of formal preppy. Glenurquhart jacket with faded brick pants? Blue pinstripe with silk scarf? This guy is like the coolest banker you ever met.
7. Dahntay Jones (Los Angeles Clippers)
Nick Young calls himself Swaggy P, which is obnoxious. However, you cannot deny that the guy has his finger on the pulse of fashion. He always strikes a balance between the flashy and understated, contemporary and classic. And he always wears excellent shoes.
Of course, you kinda have to dress well if you're going to walk red carpets with Iggy Azalea.
6. Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers)
Kobe Bryant has been around so long, you kinda forget about him when it comes to fashion. But make no mistake, this man knows how to dress. Kobe gives Chris Bosh a run for his money when it comes to looking dapper in a three-piece suit, and he has a strong casual game as well.
That being said, how hard is it to look amazing all the time when you earn $23.5 million per year?
5. Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Dwyane Wade is at the forefront of the NBA's haute-couture revolution. And while he sometimes pushes the boundaries a little too far—like when he shows up to games wearing ladies pantsuits—for the most part he looks dapper as hell. In fact, you could argue that D-Wade should be number one on this list.
You'd be wrong, but you could argue it anyway.
4. Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)
Speaking of players who could be number one on this list, here at #3 we have LeBron James. When it comes to always looking really good, James is probably second to none. The King rarely makes any fashion missteps.
However, what that means is that James has the slight tendency to play things a little too safe. If you want somebody whose style you can actually emulate, he's the guy. But if the biggest fashion icons always push the boundaries a little bit more.
3. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Amar'e Stoudemire doesn't actually play much basketball these days, seeing as how he's constantly on the disabled list. However, when it comes to style this man is an All-Star. Like Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire was one of the early adopters of the nerd chic trend. What sets them apart, however, is the fact that the looks Amar'e puts together always seem to have that extra little something that makes them pop.
2. Amar'e Stoudemire
The most stylish player in the NBA today? Tempestuous Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. It's not just that he himself has a fantastic, creative, versatile, and bold sense of style. It's that his style rubs off on those around him. He's got two current teammates on this list in Durant and Ibaka, plus a former teammate in Harden. Call me crazy, but I think Westbrook is the brains of the operation, inspiring everyone else around him.